Each year, all over the World, autumn is celebrated by a whole host of events passed down through many generations. Closer to home, the annual apple harvest is one such event and that’s not just down to the prospect of some serious cider quaffing!
Apples have been the subject of powerful folklore and teachings in our culture since ancient times. From Adam and Eve’s failure to leave the forbidden fruit well alone, fairytale princesses being poisoned by laced apples, through to Isaac Newton interpreting gravity courtesy of a falling apple, this particular fruit encapsulates so much more in our history than a simple food or drink ingredient.
How then to give some meaning to this particular harvest event and keep it relevant and important in people’s lives today? I think the St. John Inn near Torpoint has found the answer by way of a brilliant event!
This coming weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, the St. John Inn is hosting a free apple festival family event. Festival goers can take their own apples to be pressed for juice or cider making. There will be an apple pie baking competition, music, food and, of course, a variety of ciders to try!
What makes this event stand out, however, is the spirit of community involvement. The event will open with children from the Village planting apple trees in the grounds of the Community Hall next to the pub. Fourteen local crafters and artisans will be at the festival who have been invited to exhibit free of charge. Plus, there will be fundraising for Marie Curie.
George Manghan of the St. John Inn is keen to welcome folk from far and wide to the festival but suggests checking the event schedule before attending. George explains, “There’s so much going on with different things happening on each day, it really is best to keep an eye on our Facebook page and please feel free to get in touch with us”.
Involving the community this way and raising funds for such a great cause makes this a welcome change of event. It also shows how many small businesses in the Tamar Valley are inextricably linked to their communities and how everyone working together can do some good.
Apples were described by Henry Thoreau (1817-1862) as, “The Noblest of Fruit”. Well, this is a very noble event well worth supporting and attending.
Let’s hope the weather is kind and everyone has an amazing weekend!
Keep up to date with all the event news through the St. John Inn Facebook page