At the first pip it'll be festival time

PUBLISHED: 12:22 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 13:33 04 May 2010

THE sixth Ely Apple Festival will take place in the city on October 21. The festival, which aims to celebrate the great British Apple, will be on Palace Green. The popular Apple Café, run by Sue Ryder, where you can sit and relax in the Cathedral Centre

THE sixth Ely Apple Festival will take place in the city on October 21.

The festival, which aims to celebrate the great British Apple, will be on Palace Green.

The popular Apple Café, run by Sue Ryder, where you can sit and relax in the Cathedral Centre and enjoy a variety of apple related refreshments, is back this year.

Further apple delights can be tasted at the Watergull Orchards marquee, where a range of apples, ciders and juices will be on offer. There will also be a hog roast.

The apple celebration in Ely was the brainchild of Dawn and David Fisher, who are regulars at Ely's Farmers' Market.

They attended many other Apple Festivals in the region and thought it would be an excellent idea to organise one in Ely.

The event provides interest and intrigue for all sorts of people whether you are interested in the educational, environment or simply the fun angle of the day.

Experts from a voluntary group in Norfolk will again be in attendance to identity any apples that you care to bring along.

It is easier to identify if you can take along part of the stalk and/or leaf as well as the actual apple, so if you have been mystified about what kind of apples were growing in your garden all these years, take a sample.

There will be several competitions and activities throughout the day, including the popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races, plant your own apple seed, an apple shy and "apple gifting".

Did you know that, traditionally, apples were given as a sign of friendship?

The competitions are being manned and run by Ely Lions.

Information stalls, a woodturner and folk music and dancing will all add to the fun of the day from 10am-4pm.

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