2017 Apple Drive day

The event attracted 150 locals and visitors. From 1.2 tonnes of apples, pears, peaches and other fruits were produced 300 jars of chutney and at least 300 litres of juice, all shared amongst participants.

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Another beautiful day!

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Enhanced Apple Drive!

Hi all
Just 2.5 weeks until the Autumn Apple Drive of 2016! This year’s event differs to previous years, so if you think you’ve seen it all before – you haven’t!

This year we’ll be making chutney and pressing apples all morning, dishing up gorgeous hot chutney and juice for participants to take home and enjoy.

From 1pm onwards we’ll be running a series of workshops on local food-related topics (eg. sourdough breadmaking, pruning a fruit tree, making cider). At the same time, lots of stalls will be set up in the Food Fair, to showcase local producers of all kinds of things (eg. hot chocolate, beer, organic bread, herbal medicines etc…).

We suggest you bring in few dollars in cash in case you want to purchase any goodies from stall holders. The event is free, however a small koha would be appreciated to help us cover our costs. See you all there, morning, afternoon or all day. Bring some lunch, apples, energy and a sharp knife! See attached poster for schedule and other info.

Please support this local event!

Great 2016 Apple Drive!

To all of you who came along to the 2016 Autumn Apple Drive on Sunday 3rd April, THANK YOU so much for making it such a successful and fun day!!  We estimate that well over 100 people attended the event at Rippon Hall.  Over a tonne of apples were processed into at least 200 jars of chutney and approx 250 Litres of apple juice.

(Not forgetting the 10 jars of “Johnny Cash green chilli sauce”, the “Pear chutney” and the “Mustard zucchini pickle” which also got made with donated fruit and veges.)

A huge amount of work went into organising this day and running it smoothly, so behalf of the Local Food Wanaka committee, another big THANK YOU to those of you who made this day happen – you know who you are!  This includes our wonderful workshop facilitators and stall holders, who brought lots of their knowledge and products along this year, making it a real celebration of local harvested food and food-products.

Thanks again to all involved – enjoy the chutney and juice – and hopefully some of you make some cider over the next few months, to be enjoyed in winter.

And here is a slideshow of the 2016 event:

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The Great Autumn Apple Drive is happening again in 2015

The 3rd Autumn Apple Drive is on soon!  This year it’s on Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10am until 4pm at the stunning Rippon Hall on Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka.  Come for the morning or the afternoon (or the whole day if you’re really keen!) to help with processing, preserving and pressing thousands of apples from the bountiful local apple crop.

https://localfoodwanaka.wordpress.com/news/2015-autumn-apple-drive/

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The Apple Drive is back!

It’s on again!

Sunday 19th April from 10am – 4pm

Rippon Hall, 246 Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka

Apple Drive flyer 2015

This year’s event will focus on making delicious apple chutneys as well as pressing apples to make fresh apple juice.  The organisers at Local Food Wanaka are thrilled also to have the help of an expert local chutney maker to show people what to do and share tips for perfect chutney.

It is best if you can be there for either the morning (by 10am) or the afternoon (by 1pm) session.  This way you can participate in the making of a batch of chutney from beginning to end (sorting apples, chopping ingredients, cooking, sterilising and filling jars) as well as watching/participating in apple pressing.  You will be able to take away a couple of jars of chutney plus 1-2 bottles of fresh apple juice, depending on how much we make on the day.

What to bring

  • A $5 contribution towards the costs of running this event
  • Apples:  All varieties of apples are suitable, bumps and bruises are fine but rotten fruit is not suitable.  Please – if you are picking wild fruit, do not strip trees bare.
  • Clean glass jars with metal lids
  • A sharp knife and chopping board.  An apple corer if you have one.
  • A picnic lunch and drink bottle or cup.
  • Lots of enthusiasm and energy.
  • Warm clothing – we’ll be semi-outdoors but under shelter.  It can get nippy.

What we’ll provide

  • Hands-on experience making chutneys from scratch
  • Instructions on pressing apples using a home-made apple press
  • If you’re interested, ask Dom about making cider
  • Handouts with all of the recipes from the day
  • All other equipment and ingredients for making chutneys and juice

Important Reminder

  • Please only forage fruit on public land unless you have the landowners express permission.  Taking fruit from private property without permission is theft.
  • Always ensure you leave enough on the tree for everyone else to share in nature’s bounty.  Do not strip trees.

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Spring Seed Swap; Friday 11th October, 5.30-7.30pm, Lake Wanaka Centre.

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You are cordially invited to come along to the Local Food Wanaka Spring Seed Swap!

This is a two hour event for anyone wanting to get into the garden this coming year. You can either bring your own selection of seeds to swap with others, or bring some gold coins (or baked goods! Feel free to barter!) as koha donations with which you can barter with other local gardeners for seeds if you dont have any of your own. A koha/donation is also asked for on the door to cover room hire costs.

The aim of this event is to help anyone who is interested in growing their own plants in the Upper Clutha region. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions to local gardeners.

There will be free local heritage sunflower seeds and calendula seeds available on the door.

We recommend that you bring:

– Gold coins for Koha

– Bags for putting seeds into (you can make your own out of newspaper here: http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/make-your-own-paper-seed-packets/ )

– Pen to write what seeds you have

– Something for swapping (not essential though!).

 The event will be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre in the Faulks room (up the stairs) on Friday 11th October between 5.30pm to 7.30pm. All welcome.

Spring seed swap

2013 Seed Swap PosterWanaka Spring Seed Swap; Friday 11th October, 5.30-7.30pm, Lake Wanaka Centre.

Come along to the Local Food Wanaka Spring Seed Swap! This is a two hour event for anyone wanting to get into the garden this coming year.

You can bring your own selection of seeds or plants/seedlings to swap with others, and gold coins as koha/donations with which you can barter with other local gardeners for seeds if you dont have any of your own. Even if you dont have any seeds or plants you are still encouraged to attend and barter (maybe baked goods?!)

A koha/donation is also asked for on the door to cover room hire costs.

The aim of this event is to help anyone who is interested in growing their own plants in the Upper Clutha region. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions to local gardeners.

There will be free local heritage sunflower seeds and calendula seeds available on the door.

We recommend that you bring:
– Gold coins for Koha
– bags for putting seeds into (you can make your own out of newspaper
here: http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/make-your-own-paper-seed-packets/)
– a pen to write what seeds you have on the bags
– something for swapping Seeds/Seedlings/Plants/Baked Goods/?etc (not absolutely essential though).

The event will be at the Lake Wanaka Centre in the Faulks room (up the stairs) on Friday 11th October between 5.30pm to 7.30pm. All welcome.