We could not have wished for lovelier weather for this year’s Autumn Fayre! The unseasonal warmth brought out over 300 visitors (as well as lots of ladybirds) who enjoyed the variety of activities on offer and relaxed atmosphere. We were particularly pleased to have brilliant musicians Paul Young , Helen Bell and Wordy Band playing great music which even got some people dancing amongst the stalls.
Huge thanks go to all who supported the event in any way but especially to:
Bake Off contestants who donated yummy cakes and thus helped raise £140 for St Nicks: Harlequin Cafe, Bistro Guy, Brunswick Organic Nursery as well as 8 individuals. The contest winner was Kezia whose vegan chocolate cake with strawberries overwhelmingly won the visitors’ vote.
Abundance York for indispensable help with juicing donated apples. Their and our volunteers were so busy keeping a constant supply of juice that we don’t know how much was pressed but most likely over 100 litres. A lot of visitors had a go on the press, including two power mums who were pressing juice with their babies strapped to them!
Carl from York Timebank who led a foraging walk which showed participants edible plants found at St Nicks
Stall holders: Ey-Up Cycling, Fulford Community Orchard, Abundance, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Pets Patisserie, i-Travel York & Electric Bike Sales York, FrackFree York, York Community Print, Stockton on the Forest scouts and the emerging Good Food York alliance who all very much contributed to the afternoon.
Playful visitors who took part in our contests and filled in the event feedback forms. The winners of the Longest Peel Contest were Louisa H. who peeled amazing 209.55cm (82.5inches) and Manon who won in the under 16s category with 86.36cm (34inches). Bake Off raffle was won by Gayle J. who’s going to enjoy her bottle of wine while the feedback prize draw was won by Bret who’s getting a bag of goodies.
And it wasn’t just people who enjoyed the event. Thanks to Joe of Skosh and Food Circle York fame, we were able to pass on the pulp from the Autumn Fayre apple juicing to Grassfruits farm. Their pigs tucked in with audible joy – as witnessed by this video! We do our best to work towards Zero Waste, a principle also adopted by One Planet York, so reuse is even better than recycling or composting.
Below are just a few pictures, mostly taken by the brilliant Lewis Outing, to illustrate some of the highlights of the day. If you missed it, do join us next time.