Annual Harvest Festival at UCSC Farm Saturday,
Whether you like yours fresh off the tree or baked in a tasty
pie, apples will be a star attraction at the annual UCSC Harvest
Festival on Saturday, October 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fall festival features live music, tasty food, and crafts
for kids, as well as the ever-popular apple tasting and the
third-annual Apple Pie Bake-Off (see below for entry rules).
All events take place at the UCSC Farm. Admission is free for
kids 12 and under and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm
& Garden; adult admission is $5; UCSC students are $3 with
Nancy Vail picks apples at the
Farm. Photo courtesy of the
Farm & Garden
Kids of all ages enjoy hayrides and Farm tours, while youngsters
can partake of face painting, pumpkin painting, and apple pressing.
Adults are welcome to attend cooking and gardening workshops
and to browse booths set up by community groups. See below for
the full schedule of events.
In a new addition this year, members of the Culinary Alliance
of Santa Cruz County will host a "Taste the Harvest" area featuring
pumpkin, corn, tomato, and apple dishes. Delectable edibles
will be available from many local restaurants, including The
Buttery, Sand Rock Farm, Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes, Sweet Pea
Cookie Company, Beckmann's Bakery, Malabar Trading Company,
Sestri Restaurant, and University Center at UCSC. Chefs Jamie
Smith of Sestri Restaurant and Christian Dreyfus will conduct
cooking demonstrations, and local farmers will attend as part
of the "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" campaign.
Major business sponsors include Christiansen Associates Organic
Gardens & Design, New Leaf Community Markets, and Stonyfield
Farm. For more information call (831) 459-3240. For directions
to the UCSC Farm, call (831) 459-4140 or see www.ucsc.edu/casfs.
Free parking will be available at the Physical Plant and Barn
Theater parking lots, and a free shuttle will be available.
Harvest Festival Schedule
WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES:
Official Rules for the 2004 Friends of the UCSC
Farm & Garden Apple Pie Bake-Off
1. The Friends of Farm & Garden Apple Pie
Bake-Off is a nonprofessional baking competition open to Harvest
Festival attendees (entry to the Harvest Festival is $5; Friends
of the Farm & Garden members and children 12 and under
2. Contestants are responsible for submitting a written
(preferably typed) recipe with their pie.
3. Contestants are responsible for supplying all ingredients
and cooking the pie prior to bringing it to the bake-off.
4. All entries in this contest must be homemade.
5. A representative of the Friends of the Farm & Garden
will assign each contestant a number. Contestants should
verify that the number on the bottom of their container
is the same number assigned by the representative.
6. Contestants' entries are judged 70 percent on taste
and 30 percent on presentation, creativity, and composition.
7. The decision of the judges shall be final.
All pies must be entered by 12:30 p.m. at the Farm &
Garden Harvest Festival, UCSC Farm. Judging begins at 12:45
p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For additional copies
of the bake-off rules contact Joan Tannheimer at (831) 459-3240.