Appletising festival coming to Abbeyleix

Norman Rothwell working the apple presser
Heritage House and the Abbeyleix Bog Project are hosting the 3rd Applefest which will be held on Sunday September 29 from 2pm to 5pm.

Heritage House and the Abbeyleix Bog Project are hosting the 3rd Applefest which will be held on Sunday September 29 from 2pm to 5pm.

Last year despite a poor crop of apples nationally, 1,500 litres of apple juice was pressed in a few hours and the pulp was composted.

Organisers expect to press 1,000 extra litres this year because there has been a bumper crop of apples this Autumn.

People from Abbeyleix and beyond are invited to bring along a bag of cooking and eating apples which will be chopped and pressed on site on the day. Individuals can fill a sterilised bottle with apple juice and take it home to enjoy the delicious flavour of pure apple juice which will free from preservatives.

Bottles will also be available on the day for those who don’t have any to bring with them.

For those who have apple related products to sell, ie apple tarts, apple crumbles, jelly, chutneys, or a food related product, stalls will be available for a nominal fee.

Demonstrations on how to pasteurise apple juice, and how to make apple cider will be given on the day. The public are also invited to register old apples trees or trees that might have become localised. Refreshments will be available on the day.

Applefest promises to be a great family day with loads of activities planned for children.

Organisers expressed their sincere thanks to Deirdre Bergin from Shanahoe for the fantastic art and design work on the poster for the festival. Those with apple related ideas on how to enhance this local festival, or who want to book a stall, or want find out more can contact Sinead at 87 31653 our Mary at 87 31257.