St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Autumn Fayre raises £400 with cake and fun

Bake Off 2014 entries
Bake Off 2014 entries

Last Saturday’s Autumn Fayre raised £400 for St Nicks! Around 300 people, including almost 100 children enjoyed a day full of activities for all ages.

Cake lovers got their fill, and had their work cut out, when judging the ‘Home-made vs. Professional Bake Off’. For a registration fee judges got to try all 16 entries to decide the winner, and the contest raised £160. It was unequivocally won by a life-size and life-like apple basket cake sculpture, made by start-up company Choclaflonk, which also won in the ‘best looking’ category. We would like to thank all the contestants for stepping up to the challenge, to the delight of the judges, but a special thanks goes to the other local establishments – White Rose Bakes, Trinacria Cafe, Goji Cafe, El Piano, Brunswick Cafe and Sugar Fox Bakes – who dared to face such tough competition. Sugar Fox Bakes won in ‘the best tasting’ category. Both businesses are home bakers turning into professionals so we think that both sides win the contest.

It wasn’t all about cake though. Punters could watch our Nature Reserve Officer’s heritage skills demonstrations, such as scything and woodworking, and even a five-year-old boy was able to have a go at blacksmithing with Oliver Boyett of O&Co blacksmiths specialists in fine ironwork (07956143316, ollyboyett@gmail.com). ICS Tree Services were showing off their chainsawing skills by making bird boxes from logs, which was amazing to watch if somewhat noisy.

Children enjoyed competing in Apple Olympics while their parents sipped Yorkshire cider, courtesy of the Real Cider Company. Longest peel contest saw a new record set in the over 16s category – Pasquale (who has yet to collect his prize) peeled an amazing 124.5 inch/316.23cm! It’s still some way off from the world record of 172 feet but it’s the longest achieved at St Nicks. Norah won in the under 16s category with 22 inch/55.8cm.

Attendees also took part in various crafts activities with Hydi , her friend Jess Sharp who’s done a brilliant apple factory illustration for the day and with our Eco-Crafters. They sampled St Nicks produce from the nature reserve such as apple chutney and ‘Haw Sin Sauce’ made of hawthorn berries. Various local stalls including Edible York/Abundance, Fulford Community Orchard, local Friends of the Earth, an emerging eco-housing co-operative called YorSpace and Nature Station also helped to make the event a fun-packed, family-friendly afternoon.

If you missed it, check out our Flickr page for more photos and mark the second Saturday of October 2015 in your diary for the next Autumn Fayre.

14 October 2014