New Apple Festival launched for September 28th – 30th in Clonmel

by admin on 20/09/2018

September 5th saw the launch of a brand new festival for Clonmel to add to the town’s calendar of festive events. Clonmel Applefest will take place the last week-end of September (28th – 30th) and aims to celebrate the natural abundance of Cluain Meala, “The Vale of Honey”, where fertile soil, irrigated by many streams and rivers and blessed by a gentle climate come together to create an unique habitat conducive to the production of delicious food; this abundance enabled an agricultural and industrial boom from the 18th century onwards which continues to this day with many thriving farming, food and drinks enterprises being based in the area.

The handsome brochure and promotional video were unveiled at a public event in the Clonmel Borough town hall with a large crowd of well wishers in attendance. Mayor Richie Molloy highlighted the role of festivals such as Clonmel Applefest to bring more tourism to the area. Councillor Michael Murphy on behalf of Tipperary County Council praised the work and passion of groups such as Suircan Community Forum and Tidy Towns and the key role of partnerships in growing the social capital in the county.

The programme aspires to reflect the passion and community spirit of the area with several public events such as the Apple and Heritage Fair on Saturday 29th, which will see the Bulmers Apple Yard in Dowd’s lane open to the public, for a stroll down memory lane and many other apple-related displays and craft demonstrations, workshops and exhibits taking over the town’s Friary area and pedestrian streets; a selection of food stalls will sell food to eat at nearby picnic tables with a full line-up of music in two separate performance areas showcasing the best Tipperary musical talent. Other stalls selling artisan food produce, Irish crafts, garden plants and a large selection of apples will also be present.

The festival kicks of with The Land of Plenty exhibition at the Arts Centre where a large selection of artists will present their work celebrating the land and its plentifulness. This will be followed by an evening of prose and spoken word on the same theme featuring locally-based writers and poets.

Other events to look out for are the Heritage Cider and Food Soiree featuring Tipperary produce prepared by local chef Barbara Russell, accompanied by local craft cider and an array of cameos by Clonmel performers appearing as local historical characters in the atmospheric Council Chamber. Sunday 30th September will see the Vale of Honey community day with many environmental, river and performance groups vying for attention, while people lunch by the riverside at the start of the Greenway at the New Quay car park. Featured food will include a Pig on a spit, oven-baked pizza and crepes, as well as a selection of apple desserts. Later that evening, a screening of the Symphony of the Soil documentary by the maker of the Future of Food, will be hosted by Suircan Community Forum at Bakers Bar.

Theresia Guschlbauer, the organizer of Clonmel Applefest reminded the gathered assembly of the key role played by a group of local champions and ‘invisible’ partners, who came on board early on to support the setting up of this new ambitious venture which included the Clonmel show, Clonmel Rotary, LAWCO, the Arts Centre and the board of Suircan Community Forum, its sponsoring body. The festival facilitates the employment of locally-based professionals and artists and contributes to their retention in the area. Other grants from Creative Ireland, Leader and Tipperary County Council were also secured which ensured that the event could go ahead. For more info and updates, go to the website on or follow the festival on Facebook @clonmelapplefest and Twitter @clonmelappfe1.

Clonmel AppleFest 2018 Brochure

Clonmel AppleFest 2018 Poster


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