Apples aplenty for 2016 Granny Smith Festival

October 11, 2016 by  

The annual Granny Smith Festival returns to the City of Ryde, with apples very much at its core.

The annual event, which attracts residents from Gladesville and throughout the Ryde Council area, provides a full day of entertainment and fun for the entire family.

Ryde Mayor Cr. Bill Pickering said the festival traditionally attracts up to 90,000 people and features everything from fireworks and fun activities to food. This year’s event is expected to be the biggest ever held.

He said the Granny Smith Festival is named after local orchardist Maria Ann ‘Granny’ Smith who, by accident in 1868, grew the world’s first ever crop of green apples.

The Granny Smith variety of apples is now grown and available internationally, as well as being advertised on signs and posters in fruit markets everywhere.

The event will see the Eastwood oval and town centre transformed to host hundreds of stalls offering everything from showbags and plants, to exotic foods and hats.

According to the Mayor, entertainment will include 60 acts spread across six stages, a family concert, roving street artists, and a street parade.

Sundown is set to go off with a bang with a spectacular display of fireworks, said Mayor Pickering.

This year’s Granny Smith Festival will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 15, and marks the event’s 31st year.