Juices flowing at Wakefield fair
Hundreds of people got a taste of the region’s horticultural labours this weekend, many of them by using muscle power.
The fifth annual Wakefield Apple Fair at Willow Bank Heritage Village yesterday was this year incorporated into Nelson’s inaugural heritage festival.
Some stocked up on juice from Hoddy’s Orchard apples, made on site by volunteers using presses with hydraulic jacks, provided by local wine-making group ‘‘Small Sips’’. Others made juice from their own apples, using handoperated presses dating from the 1950s.
‘‘We thought it would be fun to come and see how it was done in the olden days,’’ said Caren Genery, helping her two-year-old daughter chop up apples from trees on their Todds Valley prop- erty.
The fair’s organisers said the event was gaining in popularity, with more stalls each year.
‘‘I don’t think there are really any other major events that celebrate the apple harvest specifically, and it’s such an important thing for the region,’’ fair committee member Annie Barnes said.
Eric Arnold and volunteers John and Bernice Froud prepare a load of apples to go to the press at the Wakefield Apple Fair yesterday.