It started last year with a tree trail and got so much positive feedback that it was decided to celebrate the apple harvest time properly with a feast of apples and honey! We want to celebrate Clonmel’s unique sense of place, this special combination of land, water and food that gave the town its name – “Cluain Meala”, or “The Vale of Honey” and its unique mix of industrial, agricultural activities and heritage – the Quaker mills, the cider making, the cheese and butter traditions, but most of all, the apple growing and eating in all its forms! There is something for everyone, so let’s celebrate and enjoy the place.
Apples, Milk & Honey – the Land of Plenty exhibition
(South Tipp Arts Centre throughout the weekend – Free Entry.)
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, David Gorey, Niamh Jones, Lyn Mather, Pat Looby, Doírin Saurus, Eileen Singleton.
The Land of Plenty - an evening of prose & spoken word
(South Tipp Arts Centre, 8:00pm, 90 mins – Free Entry)
Reading of organic writing by local writers on themes of Apple, Birds, Bees ,Honey and History and Heritage of Clonmel and environs.
Come along, listen to and join in the buzzing of words at Arts Centre. Be there if you dare! Curated by Catherine McVicker and Eileen Acheson.
Apple & Heritage Fair
(Friary Car Park. 11am – 5pm)
A colourful and abundant display of all things apples: fruit, trees, apple pressing, cider-making, bee-keeping, apple foods and flavours, as well as information stands and activities including craft workshops and demonstrations, a children’s activity corner, delicious foods to sample and buy and two intimate music stages featuring the best Clonmel musical talents.
Walk back through memory lane with a glimpse of the old Bulmers’ appleyard, taking in the smell of freshly picked apples in friendly surroundings with rustic seating and picnic tables to rediscover the pleasure of lingering - and meeting friends old and new.
Hands-on activities will include rush artist Gerardine Wisdom, basket-making demo & activity, apple-themed flower arranging with Elke Wilson, wood carving experience with David Gorey & flower plastercasting with Eileen Singleton, Beehive installation by Niamh Jones and our special biodiversity mandala and Pooh Corner, all of which will immerse you into the magic beauty of natural materials and handmade objects.
Heritage Food, Cider & Wine Musical Evening Soiree
(Town Hall. 8pm – 10pm. €30.00pp includes a generous serving of Tapas & 2 drinks)
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 prepared by Barbara Russell, Longways cider and wines by the Wine Buff, peppered with stories and cameo appearances by eminent and sometime infamous characters portrayed by Clonmel’s best community performers.
For tickets, please go to: www.southtippartscentre.ie
Vale of Honey Community Day (Quaker Walks & Pollinator Walks)
(New Quay & Fisheries Car Park. 11am – 3pm)
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 program of community performances showcasing Clonmel's best dance and musical talents. Picnic tables, a pig on a spit and other delicious foods to celebrate the harvest season will be on hand to make this a memorable community street feast.
Get a discount when you purchase food and drink if you bring your own cutlery, plate and/or reusable cup!
Pooh Corner – For children and young at heart
(Abbey Street. 3pm – 5pm)
There has never been a children's character who has provided us with quite as much life-affirming wisdom and joy as Winnie the Pooh, helped by his cohort of friends. Come and share in the joy of rediscovering the folk of the Hundred Acre Wood in the company of storytellers Louise Garcia and Mary Hickey in what must surely be Pooh’ dream destination, the Vale of Hunny.
Biodiversity Mandala and Game
A ‘web-of-life’ biodiversity installation accompanied by a quiz game, acts as a visual educational stimulus to increase awareness of the biodiversity we encounter in our daily lives. This project is a practical and playful way to demonstrate the links between our lifestyle choices and our appreciation of biodiversity, local and global. Devised & designed by environmental artist Lyn Mather & bioscience educationalist, Louise Garcia.
Clonmel’s 40th Honey Show
Celebrating the arts and crafts of beekeeping and showcasing the supreme honey exhibit and prize-winning honey entries. The show exhibits honey, beeswax candles and bee products, beekeeping archives and provides demonstrations on using honey in the kitchen, candle and wax cloth making and flower arranging. For more information: www.southtippbees.com
Cider & film: Symphony of the Soil
(Showing @ Bakers Back Room @ 7.00pm. €5.00 Entry fee)
This 100 minute documentary explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Tipperary organic farmer Richard Auler. Craft cider will be available on special offer