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Brogdale stages its annual Cherry Fair in Faversham

By Angela Cole

There's a cherry good weekend on the menu at Brogdale near Faversham this weekend.

The annual Cherry Fair is back on Sunday, July 21, when the National Fruit Collection’s crop is likely to be at its peak.

Discover the fruit-filled orchards on a guided tractor trailer or walking tour, when Brogdale’s expert guides lead you on a journey through the orchards and their history. Taste some of the 300 varieties and take the cherry pip spit challenge and see if you can break the Brogdale record.

Brogdale Cherry Fair will feature some 300 varieties
Brogdale Cherry Fair will feature some 300 varieties

The judges will also be getting out the tape measure as visitors battle it out to secure for longest cherry pip spit. The whole family can have a go - the record to beat is 53ft. Or get messy in the cherry pie eating contest, including the no hands competition.

Head to the cherry barn to see a display of more than 325 varieties from the National Fruit Collection. Some have intriguing histories, flavours and delights to taste from the Roundel Heart cherry grown in Kent since the 1900s to the Kentish Red sour cherry found in Kent since the 18th century and the Donisssens Gelbe - a juicy yellow-skinned cherry sure to stand out.

Brogdale Cherry Fair
Brogdale Cherry Fair

Pop along to the demo kitchen and learn how to make some delicious cherry themed delights with cooking demonstrations from Great British Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle.

You can also learn about micro brewing with Mad Cat in their on-site brewery, and hear about beekeeping with Canterbury Beekeepers. Or you could find out more about planting your own fruit trees with experts from GROW gardening.

Pig racing at Brogdale's annual Cherry Fair Picture: Tony Flashman
Pig racing at Brogdale's annual Cherry Fair Picture: Tony Flashman

There will also be handmade crafts by local artists and visitors can browse artisan food stalls and enjoy a classic Mr Whippy ice cream or listen to the tunes of Ry Robson’s Oogie Boogie Band.

Bring along your bravest teddy bears for the teddy bear parachuting with Kent Kite Flyers, or meet the animals at animal corner and cheer on your favourites in the pig racing.

There’s also a chance to try out your archery skills and take a ride on the Faversham Miniature railway through the fruit orchards. Visitors can bring along a picnic to enjoy in the meadow.

To buy tickets to the Cherry Fair on Sunday, July 21, go to brogdalecollections.org or call 01795 536250.

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