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Sat 10 May 2008, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: The Cider Tree Cafe and Filter Room, Awatoto Rd, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children): $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: yvonnemax

For the first time in New Zealand - the time is ripe to cellarbrate!

The AppleFest, held in Hawke’s Bay is a one day festival extravaganza to celebrate the completion of the apple and fruit harvest.

People interact with apples on a daily basis; the fruit takes centre stage in the fruit bowl, are tucked into school bags, briefcases, back packs or munched on the run. Apples are peeled and sliced for pies or apple sauce, consumed as a thirst quenching juice, drunk as cider . . . quite simply apples are delicious and chock full of nutritional goodness.

There will be food and juice stalls, cider and wine to sample and taste, plenty of appleliscious inspired morsels and strudel to eat.

Sample the Pink Lady Treats, try the apple toss, join the apple packing competition, or guess just how many apples there are in the bin!

The Apple Hop will be buzzing with music performances by a national act, yet to be announced and Black Snapper, and Apple Jazz. Pacific Rose Island Dancers will perform to celebrate the industry’s cultural diversity and music by the Apple Pips will keep the Tin Lids entertained and dancing.

AppleFest is deliciously sponsored by Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers, Pipfruit NZ and Cellarbrate Ltd.

AppleFest combines bushels of fun and unique apple based activities:

- The Great Granny Smith Pie Bake
- Ten Granny’s with the surname of Smith will compete in the Great Granny Smith Apple Pie Bake. All cooking ingredients and utensils will be provided.
- Event sponsors Air New Zealand Holiday’s will fly three Granny Smiths from anywhere in New Zealand to come to AppleFest and compete in the Great Granny Smith Pie Bake Off, accommodation for two nights provided by Bluewater Hotel.

It’s first in to Hawke’s Bay to bake! Register your interest at

Apple Strudel World Record Attempt
Heinz Galler and his team from Grains of Europe Bakery in Hawke’s Bay will attempt to smash to world record of 430m and bake 500m of Apple Strudel. Using 1.5 tonnes of Glenmore Hot Packed Apples and over 160kg of flour, this record breaking attempt will take more than three days to accomplish.

The strudel will be on full view at AppleFest and every ticket holder will receive a slice! The remainder will be sliced up and sold with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

That’s the Fruit Art Awards, will be a fun way for everybody to get “fartistic” and create fruit inspired art on apple boxes.

The FART awards will be launched on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the AppleFest street parade, fruit boxes will be available at the end of the parade and winners will be announced on Friday May 9th at the Royal Gala Banquet Dinner. All entries will be exhibited at AppleFest.

A $200 cash prize will be awarded to each winner in the following categories; 0-10 years old, 10-16 and 17+ and a special prize will be awarded to the best school entry.

On Friday, May 9, 2008, AppleFest will host the “Royal Gala Banquet Dinner,” this is an industry celebrating their commitment and contribution to apples. Apples will be used throughout the menu, and will be created by Richard Wards from the Cider Tree Café. For authenticity and to showcase the diversity of the fruit the dinner will be held in the Cider Brewery!

Do yourself a favour and eat an applelicious New Zealand apple on our national apple day.

AppleFest is more than a one day celebration. On Saturday, April 26, 2008 a street parade will be held through the streets of Napier City, there will be apples galore to taste, eat and juggle. The purpose of the parade is to promote the apples and nutritional benefits through schools and families.

Parade begins at 12.30pm from Clive Square. Face painting and mask making and fun things from 10.30am.

AppleFest is fun for the whole family, industry and all those who munch and crunch apples. Apple harvest festival celebrations have enjoyed success in the USA and Canada, it’s time to salute and celebrate New Zealand fruit.

Tickets for AppleFest on sale now from Ticket Direct, 0800 4 TICKETS and from the Cider Tree Café, Filter Room Grounds in Hawke’s Bay and from

Kids 15 and under free. Booking fee on tickets applies.

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