The Autumn Apple Drive and Local Food Workshops is on again and anyone with spare apples in their garden is invited to bring them to the harvest celebration at Rippon Hall on March 23.
“The Autumn Apple Drive is all about getting together to celebrate the harvest and sharing ways we can make the most of our bountiful Central Otago fruit,” says organiser Sophie Ward. “Pirate Pickles chutney master Lorne Knight will be overseeing the big batches of chutney cooked up in the Rippon Hall kitchens.”
In the 2017 apple drive, around 150 people took part and they processed approximately 1.2 tonnes of apples, pears and peaches. Three hundred jars of chutney were produced and almost 300 litres of juice was pressed for people to take away to drink or turn into cider or cider vinegar.
This year’s event will run much the same as 2017 with communal chutney making and apple pressing for cider and vinegar. There will also be free workshops and a local food market. Participants are asked to bring a knife, chopping board and any jars, plastic bottles and surplus fruit you have. Wastebusters is supporting the event through the provision of old jars and bottles.
A $5 donation will be appreciated to help cover venue and other costs; everyone leaves with a jar of tasty chutney and some apple or pear juice to drink or turn into cider.