It’s October 21st and it’s apple day! Come and celebrate the fruit heritage of Merton with live performances, apple-related shenanigans, fun, food and drink. 😃🍎🍐🥃🍕
- chop and squish apples to make delicious fresh apple juice
- take part in an apple bobbing race
- make tasty cinnamon apple rings and take them home with you
- use the bike smoothie maker to make a delicious drink
- get your face painted fruity
- enjoy our story teller and rap performances
- take part in our open mike and win a ‘festival passport’
In addition these things will be happening:
- Bee talk from Alison Pelikan
- ‘Dr Apple’ tackling your tree-related queries
- London fruit heritage map
- free coffee from Green Cup
- delicious mulled apple juice and cider
- music from Colliers Wood International Ukulele Orchestra
- energy from The Solar Roller
- pizza from Il Peperone Piccante
Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens is the perfect place for a fun festival. Set in the heart of Mitcham, it is a beautiful oasis of local creativity with chickens, an orchard, a wildlife pond and dozens of berry bushes.
Rap and Storytelling performances
In the week leading up to the festival, local teacher and artist KMT from May Project Gardens will be teaching children from Bond, Liberty and St Mark’s Primary schools all about rap, apple history and healthy eating. This will culminate in live performances at the festival. Any children performing a rap will earn a ‘festival passport’, entitling them to enjoy all the attractions for free!
In addition, Sarah Rundle will be telling fruity tales that promise to be dynamic, irreverent and defiantly un-twee. Check out her version of ‘The Boy Who Drew Cats‘ here. Join them both in the cosy performance tent.
Did you know that Merton has had a long association with fruit? It used to be the home of the John Innes Horticultural Institution. Not only did they develop the well known compost, but they bred several apple varieties. They moved away after world war II but there are several local remnants: John Innes’s tomb is in St Mary’s Church, Merton; there is a park named after him; and there are at least 3 apple varieties – the Merton Charm, Merton Knave and Merton Worcester.
Finding Merton Fruit Festival
Come along and enjoy some good healthy fun!
Help publicise the festival
All materials printed onto recycled board by Mitcham-based printers Printify. If you are able to download the attached flyer and print it out that would be great. Alternatively contact The Orchard Project to get hold of some hard copies.