St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

05 Oct

Autumn Fayre

Sat 5 Oct 2019 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Stalls in the nature reserve
Stalls in the nature reserve

Save the date for our annual celebration of nature’s harvest. More details will be added as they get confirmed but there will be plenty of activities for all ages including:

  • Bake off: donate a cake/pie containing some British fruit into the contest and have a chance to win a prize: please see the guidelines below and apply by getting in touch by 4th October. Or come and be a judge on the day; for £5 you get a plateful of cake to try.
  • Apple juicing with Abundance
  • Taste delicious food made (mostly) from local, organically grown produce by the lovely duo Jim and Joe of the Food Circle York social enterprise working to create a sustainable and fair food system: £4 if you bring your own bowl and cutlery, £5 if you use their compostable ware
  • Children’s activities, Longest Peel Contest, crafts with Eco-Crafters and other fun activities
  • Green Woodworking examples by Paul Stead

    Green Woodworking examples by Paul Stead

    Green woodworking demonstrations with local Bodger Paul Stead – see how wooden spoons, bowls and other items are made

  • Music: 1-2 Helen Bell & Richard Lane, 2-3 Paul Young – folk musician, 3-4 Smith n Wallace, 4-5 David Hammond & Catherine Strachan
  • 2pm Foraging walk with Carl Wain
  • Stalls: Edible York, York Gin, nature-inspired glass artist Helen Whitehead , York Community Energy and more!

The event is kindly supported by Hungate York Regeneration (joint venture partnership between Lendlease and Evans Property Group).

Free entry, donations welcome


Bake Off Guidelines

  • Please register your entry by Friday 4th October so that we know how many entries we have.
  • Entries must be dropped off at St Nicks Environment Centre by 12:45pm on Sat 5th October.
  • Any kind of sweet dessert is permitted but must contain some British fruit in any form (apples, blackberries, pears, etc. or jam/juice made from them), locally sourced if possible.
  • The minimum size is 7 inches across or equivalent in order to make sure all judges get to try a bit of every dessert.
    • Names of cake makers will not be matched to cakes until judging has finished, to prevent bias. Around 30 or more judges will be recruited from the event participants and popular vote will decide the winner.
    • The contest winner will be revealed at the end of the Autumn Fayre event, and will be announced on St Nicks’ website and social media platforms afterwards.
    • The contest winner will receive a certificate and a bottle of wine or 3 bars of St Nicks chocolate.

Last year’s Bake Off raised £180 for the charity – can you help us beat that by whipping up a dessert?

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