Brogdale National Fruit Collection starts festival season with cherry event

Kent’s biggest cherry festival takes place next week at the home of the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale Farm Faversham, to signal the start of a series of fruit festivals.

Visitors to the event, which takes place on 10 and 11 July, will sample over 50 varieties of historic cherry from all over the world and see noted chef Scott Anderson give cookery demonstrations.

Brogdale staff will give horticultural talks, offer advice on fruit growing and host orchard tours alongside music, a falconry display and a craft and produce market.

"Native cherries were part of our prehistoric ancestor’s diet," said Sally Roger, marketing manager from Brogdale Collections.

"But it was probably the Romans who introduced some of the first cultivars. Cherries were popular in medieval times and many may have survived since then thanks to Henry VIII."

Cherries on show and on your plate will include Roundel heart, a sweet cherry traditionally grown in Kent; Polstead Black from Suffolk and North Essex and Early Birchenhayes from the Tamar Valley.

July’s cherry festival is followed by a cider weekend on 25 and 26 September and apple on 23 and 24 October. Meanwhile a plum day is being hosted on 15 August and a nut day on 19 September.

Brogdale Farm is run by Brogdale Collections, a social enterprise company trying to raise awareness of the National Fruit Collections.


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