Whatever you say about 2020, it was a great year for apples. Across Angus, fruit trees delivered a bumper harvest.
Since we are working so hard at Sustainable Kirriemuir to reduce local food waste through activities like our #SussYourFood challenge, we thought, what else is there to do but collect all of those spare apples from ample gardens across our town and share the bounty?! We teamed up with the Kirriemuir Food Hub to bring you the Kirriemuir Apple Extravaganza, celebrating and enjoying local seasonal food.
Many of the apples we picked were used to produce wonderful fresh apple juice, using a special manual juicer (kindly lent to us by Forfar Open Gardens). Participants could go on a special self guided apple treasure hunt through The Den, collecting fantastic facts about apples and forming an apple related word with the missing letters along the way; ‘discovery’.
We prepared a number of kits with help from the Kirriemuir Food Hub to take home and make your own delicious apple crumble, Halloween themed toffee apples, and even bird feeders! In the town, McLaren’s Bakery, Bertram’s the Butcher and 88 Degrees Café made and baked some apple filled treats to help make the most of the harvest. Bertram’s Butchers created a special Kirrie apple and pork sausage, with proceeds donated to the Kirriemuir Food Hub whilst McLaren’s bakery created their very own Kirrie Apple pies. Local coffee shop 88 Degrees baked Apple Crumble Blondies and Sumac Apple and Spelt Cake, both on offer.
It was truly a fantastic day that saved many apples from waste and in turn, helped reduce our town’s carbon footprint. If you would like to create something tasty with leftover apples, head to our YouTube Channel and check out our bake-along videos for apple crumble, by wonderful local Christine Horrocks, or toffee apples.