Apple Fest 2011

On Saturday, Eleanor and I went to nearby Bowmanville for their annual Apple Festival.

We started out around 11 a.m. and had lunch at a Bowmanville church hall.  The church women put it on and their home-made soups are wonderful.  There is a variety of sandwiches, and it is all served with apple crisp and ice cream, and tea or coffee.

The streets are blocked to traffic, and stalls with crafts, artisans, and apple sellers stretch for several blocks.  The most popular stand is one which sells Apple Fritters.  I’ve never had one (the calories!!!) but I’ve been told they are amazing.  Apparently apples slices are rolled in dough which is deep fried and then dipped in sugar and cinnamon.  Just walking by the huge line-up is a temptation in itself.

Children were able to have their faces painted, ride on an elephant’s back, and hop on a mini merry-go-round.  The poor elephant, I thought.

Vendors were selling every sort of product imagineable, and some I couldn’t ever have thought of.   Chocolate covered bacon anyone???

Can you imagine yourself eating this?


Firefighters were well represented and several of them were wearing pink gear to raise money for breast cancer research.

It was quite cold and very windy but we had a great day and came home with more apples.  I wonder what I should make with them this week!

8 responses

      • The Best Apple Pie Muffins Ever:
        1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
        1/3 cup all-purpose flour
        1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
        1 teaspoon cinnamon
        1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
        2/3 cup vegetable oil
        1 egg
        1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
        2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1 cup buttermilk
        2 cups diced peeled firm tart apples (such as Spy, Granny Smith)
        In a small bowl toss together sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon until crumbly; set aside.
        In a large bowl whisk together brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda and salt. Stir oil mixture into flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in apples, mixing just until combined. Spoon into greased muffin cups filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle topping over evenly. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and tops spring back.

  1. Sounds like a terrific day. Wish I was there.
    Chocolate covered bacon???? YUCK!!!!
    I’d like Carla’s recipe for apple crisp sometime too.
    Let me know what you made. Yummmmmmm

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