Thursday, October 7, 2010
This weekend was our little town’s turn, with a fall festival celebrating a local crop emblematic of the season—apples. The normally sleepy streets were overrun with locals and tourists; parking was restricted, the school buses were running a shuttle service, and Main Street was packed from end to end. We went down with our own mob to explore on Sunday afternoon, browsing the stalls, listening to the music, showing visitors around the town, and letting the kids blow off steam on the playground. Much to my chagrin, we first-time visitors managed to miss the entire food section, which was tucked away off Main Street and not very well signposted, so my insatiable appetite for all things apple was not at all appeased by the one thing I was able to find: a slice of pie which, upon sampling, turned out to have been made with canned filling. So disappointing.
Oh well. I’ve consoled myself with making a note in next year’s calendar. And trawling the archives to continue the applefest at home.
apple & cranberry handpies
applesauce/butter (don’t forget that blackberries make a delicious addition)
apple butter tartlets
sauteed apples with pancakes
What’s your favorite way to show off fall’s most delicious and iconic fruit?