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october, 2018

21oct12:00 pm- 4:00 pmBorough Market Celebrates The 2,500 Varieties Of British Apples With 10th Apple Day

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Borough Market will be holding its 10th annual free of charge Apple Day celebrations from 12pm – 4pm on Sunday October 21st to celebrate the enormous variety of British apples – which many consumers are unaware of. There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples indigenous to the UK, yet today just two varieties, Gala and Cox, make up over half of British sales—and 66 per cent of all the apples we eat are imported.?

Borough Market’s Apple Day celebrations include a tasting table of old, rare apple types from London and the regions supplied by Brogdale Horticultural Trust and other private donors and stallholders. Visitors can also bring their own mystery apples and see if the Apple Doctor can identify them. Families will be able to enjoy all things apple with a specially created story orchard – a small glade of young English apple trees where children can take part in arts and craft activities and listen to autumnal tales. Apple fans from the animal world will also be attending – including pigs from Hackney City Farm.

No apple celebration would be complete without food, and chef Kathy Slack will be cooking up a range of delicious apple and harvest themed dishes, whilst Borough Market’s traders will be offering apple focused goods including apple biscuits, apple cake and cider from the New Forest.

There will be a celebration of ancient seasonal customs with music, songs and performance by local historical theatre group the Lion’s Part. The ‘October Plenty’ procession will begin at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and culminate at Borough Market. Led by the Berry Man, the Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man, who is decked with wild fruits and foliage and carries an apple tree, the procession also features a huge Corn Queene effigy heavy with ‘Plenty’ – wheat, barley, apples, root vegetables and foliage from Borough Market – which will be dismantled and ceremoniously thrown to the crowd. They will also perform a heroic tale entitled ‘There be monsters’.


(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Borough Market

8 Southwark St, London, SE1 1TL


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