Celebrate Granny Smith this October
This year, one of Sydney’s most popular community events – the Granny Smith Festival – will be open to everyone as the yearly event pivots to a predominantly virtual celebration of the classic apple that remains one of Australia’s favourites.
The Granny Smith Festival is held each year in Sydney’s Eastwood, and has been running since 1985. The event celebrates the life of Maria Ann “Granny” Smith, who ran a fruit orchard in Eastwood with her husband Thomas. It was here in 1868 that Maria accidentally grew the first Granny Smith apples when some crab apples she discarded along a creek bed sprouted into a new variety of apple.
More than 150 years later, the Granny Smith apple is still one of Australia’s most popular apple varieties and is grown in orchards across the world.
This year’s Granny Smith Festival will be celebrated a little differently, with the traditional one-day festival replaced with a large number of events that will take place throughout October. Like every Granny Smith Festival, there will be something for everyone, with most of the events taking place online. The attractions at this year’s festival include:
· Big Apple Talent Quest: solo and group acts can go in the running to win more than $2000 in prize money by submitting an online video.
· Orchestra in the Park: the Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra will stream a special live performance from the grounds of Brush Farm House on Saturday 24 October.
· Granny’s Marketplace: during the month of October the festival will be showcasing previous stallholders from the last three years online.
· Virtual Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Macquarie Community College: there will be two separate week-long competitions throughout October with $2500 in prizes to be won.
· Granny’s Virtual Kitchen: during the school holidays, kids can take part in a live Zoom cooking class where they’ll learn new recipes that include cooking with Granny Smiths.
· Country Women’s Association cooking video: ever wanted to make the perfect apple crumble? Check out the online video in which the CWA’s Margery East will show you how.
· Animation video on the history of Maria Ann Smith: aimed at local primary schoolchildren, this animation video will provide details on the life and legacy Maria Ann “Granny” Smith.
Also celebrating Granny Smith is Banksia Bakehouse, a bakery newly opened in Sydney’s CBD. The Granny Smith is an ideal cooking apple, and the bakehouse has used it to develop a spectacular cake creation that is both made with, and looks like, a Granny Smith apple.
The stunning Apple Delight has already become a best-seller and social media darling. The creation contains elements of an apple pie, but with a glossy green white chocolate “skin”, a cinnamon-spiced Granny Smith apple compote centre and a cookie base.
The Apple Delight is made each weekday, and will be available year round at the bakehouse, which is located fountain side in Grosvenor Place on Sydney’s George Street.
For more information on this year’s Granny Smith Festival, including the complete program of events taking place, visit ryde.rocks/gsf