The Big Applefest Bake Off

Are you an unsung Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood? Do you want to share your amazing baking skills with the world? Then this is the very competition for you! The Big Applefest Bake Off is looking for the best apple-based desserts in Clonmel – cake, crumble, tart, pie, turnover – whatever takes your fancy to tickle our taste buds!

A winner will be chosen by top chef Janice Casey-Bracken on Saturday 28th September at our Apple & Heritage Fair and will receive an apple tree to plant. Just fill in the form below and send it in to Best of luck!

Bake Off Application 2019


‘If Walls Could Speak’ Poetry Trail & Call Out


Why not take part in our Applefest Poetry Call Out?¬†Write a poem of 20 lines or less under the theme ‘If Walls Could Speak’ and send it in to us at before midnight on Friday 13th September.

*call out is now closed*

10 poems will be selected for display across the windows of Clonmel as part of our Poetry Trail, and writers will be invited to read their pieces at our Spoken Word Event on Thursday 26th September at the South Tipperary Arts Centre. Best of luck!


Bug Cart with Professor Bombus Trochanter

Bugs alive! Miraculous mini beasts! From the steaming jungles of Borneo to the fly-buzzed dung pats of Clogheen, Professor Bombus Trochanter and his Travelling Bug Cart have boldly gone where sissies fear to tread in search of fascinating phasmids, wonderful weevils and incredible insects of every description.

Be sure to flag down the Professor as he combs the Applefest sites for six-legged specimens at the Urban Orchard on Friday, Apple Fair on Saturday and Blueway Sunday. Wear feelers or wings for the warmest welcome, an edible entomological reward and an expert diagnosis from the Prof of your inner insect just waiting to fly!


Liz Weir Storyteller in Residence

From Armagh, Liz will be in residence for 4 days delighting us with her huge repertoire of stories from Ireland and around the world where apples feature prominently! She will be visiting 2 schools, performing at the Main Guard on Friday evening and hosting a storytelling circle (free) for local aspiring and experienced storytellers on Wednesday 25th at 6pm at the Clonmel library.

Appletown by The Cedartowns

Local and well-loved band The Cedartowns have written a bespoke song for Applefest, evoking the sights, sounds and memories of Clonmel. We are very proud to call this the sound of our festival!

Appletown is available for free download here.