See you next year! 27th-29th September 2019
Clonmel Applefest is a brand new festival which aims to celebrate the unique ‘sense of place’ emanating from Clonmel’s special location and mix of industrial and agricultural activities and heritage. We involved a wide range of Clonmel society from local businesses and heritage enthusiasts to community groups to bring a family-friendly experience for residents and visitors to the town. By celebrating what is most genuine and authentic about Tipperary’s ‘vernacular’ culture and heritage, we hope to develop a network of champions and a community of supporters from a wide range of backgrounds and develop a truly original and special festival that reflects the multi-layered histories of the county and Clonmel in particular.
APPLES, MILK & HONEY – THE LAND OF PLENTY EXHIBITION
Friday 28th September
Tipperary’s fertile soil, irrigated by many streams and rivers has created a unique habitat, which enabled an agricultural and industrial boom from the 18th century onwards. We aim to celebrate this abundance with a selection of textured and varied works by Tipperary artists and beyond. Featuring Maurice Caplice, Sophie Carpentieri, Niamh Jones, Lyn Mather, Pat Looby, Doírin Saurus, Eileen Singleton, David Gorey.
APPLE & HERITAGE FAIR
Saturday 29th September
A colourful and abundant display of all things apples: fruit, trees, apple pressing, cider-making, apple foods and flavour, as well as info stands and activities on the subject: craft workshops and demonstration, a children’s activity corner, delicious food to sample and buy, two intimate music stages featuring the best musical talents accompanied by rustic seating to rediscover the pleasure of loitering, lingering, and meeting friends old and new. And walk back through memory lane with a glimpse of the old Bulmers apple-pressing area!
HERITAGE FOOD, CIDER & WINE MUSICAL SOIREE
Saturday 29th September
Join us in the dramatic surroundings of Clonmel’s council chamber for an evening of delicacies for palate, ears and eyes. Hosted by Charles Bianconi, the inventor of public transport in Ireland and two-time mayor of Clonmel, enjoy a convivial evening of fine music, generous servings of Irish Tapas, featuring Tipperary products and prepared by Barbara Russell.
VALE OF HONEY COMMUNITY DAY
Sunday 30th September
Join us in the ‘Quaker Quarter’ of Clonmel for a community, heritage and nature day with walks, biodiversity and pollinators’ activities & stands, river information stands, boating and angling demonstrations, recycling info and workshops, a working forge and an extensive programme of community performances showcasing Clonmel’s best dance and music talents.