Best of British apples will be celebrated at Emsworth British Food Fortnight

Paul White pressing apples in Emsworth last year ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142954-659)
Paul White pressing apples in Emsworth last year ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142954-659)
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  • Just days to go until Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins
  • One of the higlights will be the annual apple press in St Peter’s Square
  • Everyone is invited to take along apples to make into presse drink for free
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TASTY apples will be celebrated as part of Emsworth British Food Fortnight.

St Peter’s Square will be getting its own handmade apple press, where people can take along as many apples as they like from their gardens during what is expected to be a bumper harvest.

This is has become an annual event in Emsworth’s calendar involving so many different parts of the community – from young to old

Giles Babb

The apples will be pressed on Sunday, September 26, and made into Emsworth Apple Presse 2015 which will be available to take home on the day.

Following on from its success last year, organisers say they are delighted St. James’, Westbourne and Emsworth primary schools are taking part in a competition to design the label for this year’s apple presse.

The winning design will be unveiled on the day and all entries will be available to view in Emsworth Library and Henry Adams Estate Agents.

Last year’s winner, Joe Russell, from St. James’ Primary School, not only had his design on the label, but is also the young person featured on the cover of this year’s Emsworth Food Fortnight programme cover.

A number of groups are assisting with the organisation of the day. Havant Rotary Club will be providing stewards as well as a service where people who cannot make it to the apple press can have their apples collected. Greening Westbourne, a local group which is planning a community orchard in Westbourne, will also be in St Peter’s Square on the day.

Emsworth Presse 2015 will be free of charge but the Emsworth Business Association is this year supporting The Rosemary Foundation to which people can make a donation.

Giles Babb, chairman of the business association, said: ‘This is has become an annual event in Emsworth’s calendar involving so many different parts of the community – from young to old. It’s another example of Emsworth coming together and enjoying itself while celebrating its food heritage.’

It starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm.

Emsworth British Food Fortnight runs from September 19.

For more information go to emsworth.org.uk.