The Tay Landscape Partnership invites you to come and celebrate the 2016 orchard harvest with a festival of free, family friendly activities in Perth city centre. Join them at their Fruit Festival between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 8th October on King Edward Street.
Help press local apples, gathered from the orchard at Elcho Castle, near Perth, into tasty juice. Join local chef and food writer Christopher Trotter to find out how to transform orchard fruit, such as apples, pears and plums, into delicious dishes. Try some zesty local apple sauce with your hog roast and learn how to make your own healthy fruit chew snacks.
The whole family can enjoy an interactive performance of fruitful music from the Barrow Band and have their face painted as a juicy apple or busy bee. Help build a cosy nestbox for one of the many small birds that make orchards their home and meet a Barn Owl, Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon from Strathblane Falconry.
You can also meet some local beekeepers, discover the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping, taste some honey, and find out why without bees, we would have no fruit!
And as if that’s not enough, why not try something a bit more creative; weave your own willow apple decoration, print some fruity designs with Dundee Urban Orchards or become a botanical artist for the day with professional artists, who will be showcasing some paintings of apples and pears from the Carse of Gowrie.
Do you have an apple tree in your garden, but don’t know what type of apple it is? Bring along an apple and local expert Andrew Lear, also known as Appletreeman, will do his best to identify the variety. There will be plenty of local fruit produce for sale too, including fruit trees, apples, apple juice and cider. Everyone is welcome, all activities are free and there is no need to book.
Tay Landscape Partnership www.taylp.org