Ap­ple pie fair will boost hos­pice funds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

Ap­ples ga­lore will be on show when one of the area’s big­gest grow­ers stages its an­nual ap­ple fair next month.

The event at Perry Court Farm, off the A28 Can­ter­bury Road at Bilt­ing, is a tra­di­tional favourite in the au­tumn cal­en­dar for many fam­i­lies and fruit-lovers.

More than 200 va­ri­eties of ap­ples and pears will be on show on Satur­day and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 17 and 18, from 10am to 5pm on both days.

The fair has raised money for char­ity for the past 29 years it has been held and this year Ash­ford’s Pil­grims Hos­pice will again ben­e­fit from the pro­ceeds.

As well as colour­ful dis­plays of fresh fruit there will also be coun­try craft stalls, ap­ple tast­ings, farm walks, raf­fles and games, shire horses, mor­ris dancers, vintage trac­tor dis­plays and much more.

There will also be farm­house re­fresh­ments with farm owner Heidi Fer­mor’s fa­mous ap­ple cake on sale in the tea­room area.

En­trance is £2.50 per per­son, un­der-16s free.

As part of the ap­ple fair the farm is hold­ing an ap­ple pie com­pe­ti­tion, with the con­tent made from Kent grown ap­ples.

Pies must be de­liv­ered to Perry Court by 11am on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17, for judg­ing.

En­try is £2 and there are cat­e­gories for adults and un­der­16s.

The adult prize is a tro­phy and meal for two at East­well Manor, Boughton Aluph, and the un­der-16s prize is a tro­phy, £20 book voucher and a 30lb box of ap­ples for the win­ner’s school.

For more on the ap­ple fair call Perry Court on 01233 812302 or 01233 812408, or visit www. per­rycourt­farm.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2293390

Heidi Fer­mor and daugh­ter Cherry with some of the many ap­ples on dis­play

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