And the winner is…

Celebrating the Apple

On Wednesday 26th October, Uplyme Village Hall was packed for an evening celebration of that most English of fruits, the apple. John Wood, Pam Corbin, and Henriette Wood treated us to an informative and fun evening all about apples: we learnt how to make apple curd and apple pastries, tried our hands at a quiz, guessing the variety of delicious freshly-pressed apple juice (my favourite was the warm orange Ribston Pippin – but I guessed at a russet!), and making the longest apple peel (would you believe 54″ from Henriette?). One whole side of the hall was taken up with a fantastic display of apple varieties, all grown by John in Uplyme – cider, dessert and cooking apples in abundance.

Gill Meller, from River Cottage, had the difficult task of judging the apple pie competition, which attracted an amazing 26 entries. After a heroic tasting session, he eventually declared the winner to be Gavin Tyte – the Vicar at Uplyme. Gavin now has something of a reputation to defend, having beaten Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in the tasty veg class at our Summer Show.