Community Apple Celebrations: Featured Events

7 Community-Based Events Celebrate All Things Apples

Learn about the culinary arts, local history and agriculture through the lens of the apple! Here are several upcoming community-based events coming up this fall that support these intersections of learning! 


COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 24, 10am-4pm
The Amherst Apple Harvest Festival combines the traditional culture of a New England community fair, with art sales and fine crafts. This Amherst Family Center event brings together artisans, crafters and performers. Come to the 30th Annual Apple Harvest Festival to celebrate fall with local families! The event will feature activities for kids, local food, and a silent auction. 413-545-0865. Town Common. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

JEWISH CULTURE
Sunday, September 25, 10am
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year. The biblical name is Yom Teruah, which is sometimes translated as the “Feast of Trumpets.” You can celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a feast of apples! Families with young children are invited to pick their own apples at Park Hill Orchard. Picking your own apples connects children with where their food comes from, forging a stronger connection with place and making healthy food fun! Email amy@abundancefarm.org with questions. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE except cost of apples)

FARM FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 25, 12pm-3pm
Fall is a time for new change- back to school for kids, changing weather, and possibly some new clothes or supplies. The community tag and craft sale at Outlook Farm’s Apple Festival is one place to look for locally sourced items. All are welcome to come and bring their own treasures to sell. Celebrate the autumn harvest with great food, and live music by Sarah the Fiddler. 413-539-9388. 136 Main Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE admission; MARKET/SALE)

APPLE HISTORY
Saturday, September 24, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, September 25, 9:30am-5pm
Saturday, October 1, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, October 2, 9:30am-5pm
Attending an “Apple Day” at Old Sturbridge Village can teach you about local and New England history through food culture. Participants will be able to make cider and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can learn about how varieties of apples are created, taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties, and pick your own! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adult $$; 3-17 $; children age 2 and under FREE )

APPLE CIDER PRESSING
Saturday, October 1, 4pm-8pm
Cider pressing is a fun seasonal activity which connects families to local food culture and New England history. You can visit the the 100-year- old apple orchard at Naumkeag and make your own fresh batch of cider, while also enjoying live music and activities for all ages. For more information, call 413.298.3239 x3008. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

PIE BAKING CONTESTS
Sunday, October 9, 11am
According to The Record Book of the Ladies Aid Society of Hawley, Massachusetts, at one time there was a contest for the women sawing wood and the men had a pie baking contest. The town of Hawley will be bringing back the Gentlemen’s Pie and Tart Extravaganza! While the judges deliberate, starting at 11:15, tours of nearby historical sites will be available for contestants and fans. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about local history through a revival of town tradition while putting apples (among other local produce) to use! 413-339-4747. Meeting house. Hawley, MA. (DONATION)

APPLE CIDER
November 4-6, 2016
Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 22nd Annual Franklin County CiderDays! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings and demonstrations, and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! A full schedule can be found on the CiderDays website. Franklin County, MA.

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