Abundance Fruit Day, Saturday October 16th 2010 11-3pm, Chiswick, at St Michael and All Angels, just by Turnham Green tube

Abundance London has been working with local schools, tree owners, community groups and volunteers to map, harvest and use hundreds of kilos of fruit that usually goes to waste. Now it’s time to celebrate. Come to our first Abundance Fruit Day and make juice, stock up on local preserves and cakes, and generally celebrate the glories of locally grown fruit.

– We have a huge 60-litre fruit press to turn our 500kilo fruit mountain into juice. Local schools have been picking for the last few weeks to ensure a good supply, but if you have fruit going to waste, bring it along. Come and stock up on organic, local, fresh fruit juice just pressed then and there… and have a go at the press yourself.

– apple games. Can we beat the record for the longest fruit peel? Come and try your chance. Let the kids do Fruit Boot Camp (apple bobbing, rhubarb baton relay, crab apple and spoon races, etc) and then console themselves with a toffee apple.

– plant swap – need to divide your herbaceous perennials, got spare strawberry runners, rooted your grape vines? Bring your plants along and swap (or buy if you haven’t anything to swap). Stall run by Chiswick House Walled Garden.

– jam-making workshop. Learn about ‘setting points’ and how easy and fun it really is from expert jam-maker Carola Schulman. Stock up on grape jelly, quince membrillo, damson and greengage jams and much more. Cooking equipment specialists Whisk will also be on hand to provide advice and equipment.

– apple expert. Check out different locally-grown varieties and find out how to look after your own trees. Stock up on local apples – loads of interesting old varieties available. Orchard expert Steve Oram from PTES will be on hand for advice.

– craft stall. Apple pressing with a difference – decorate tea towels, aprons and have fun making useful and attractive fruity gifts. And Bird, the specialists in found objects and furniture rehab will be displaying a selection of their quirky goods.

– seasonal refreshments. Sam’s Brasserie will be making pumpkin soup, Outsider Tart is bringing quince cakes, Brian is selling his local honey. And there will be loads of home made preserves, crumbles and other goodies made from the fruit harvested in Chiswick over the last weeks.

– bicycle-powered smoothie. Pedal hard to earn your reward.


12 noon Mary McLeod, MP, will be pressing juice

12.30 – 1.30 Fruit Camp races

2pm onwards Jam workshop

Sponsors include Eco Age, Outsider Tart, Sam’s Brasserie, London Borough of Hounslow

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