Hebden Bridge’s first Fruity Festival took place on Saturday 9th October and was a celebration of the abundance of our local Autumn Produce. The day was a tremendous success and was attended by an estimated 250 people. Activities on the day included Cookery demonstrations from Mark Brankin, the head chef from Moyles, who showed us how to cook using local seasonal produce, Herbal medicine demonstrations with Local herbalist Sue Goodwin, cinema, seed and plant exchange, Kids Space and Café.
Several local groups used the day as an opportunity to showcase their local food related work in the Valley. Calder Local Orchard Group demonstrated apple pressing in the entrance to the festival and had apple trees for sale on the day. Blackshawhead Optimistic Gardeners group sold produce and handed out copies of their Blackshaw Head local producers list. Calder Valley Organic Gardeners brought a display and promoted their hugely successful Potato Day. Transition Town Hebden Bridge’s food group used the day to promote Community Supported Agriculture and to assess what model of CSA people were in favour of. The National Trust brought an interactive display of their community garden at Hardcastle Crags.