The organisers of the National Fruit Show, the Marden Fruit Show Society, are happy to announce that entry will be free for visitors to the UK’s premier Fruit event being held at the Kent Event Centre, Detling, Maidstone. The event attracts the biggest names in the fruit sector and sees thousands of visitors from the industry attend each year. This year’s show has almost 100 businesses exhibiting over the two day event with several coming from Europe.
A highlight of the show is the National Fruit Show Dinner, held on the first day of the Show. This has become one of the major events in the fruit calendar and guests will be seated in the John Hendry Pavilion. One of the focal points of the event is the after dinner speaker. This year the Marden Fruit Show Society, organisers, welcome esteemed nursery owner Han Fleuren. Fleuren is one of the largest fruit tree nurseries in the Netherlands, supplying premium quality apple, pear, cherry and plum trees to fruit growers. The nursery is also responsible for creating new tree shapes and planting systems, which has given them a leading role in the market. The Fleuren family were responsible for inventing the first “knip-tree”, which have now become the standard for trees bought by apple growers allowing earlier cropping.
The Bonanza Prize will be drawn directly following the guest speaker. This year Wealden AM are sponsoring the prize; Wine Tasting for four people at the wonderful English Wine Centre in East Sussex, set in the South Downs National Park. The prize will include; overnight accommodation, evening meal and a selection of wines to take home. Competition entry is automatic to the Bonanza Prize and one entry is given for each three staged entries gaining a minimum of 85 points from classes 1 – 19.
The National Fruit Show is also delighted that in support for this year’s show, South East Farmer’s October edition (available early October) front cover will actually smell of apples! Sponsored by A C Goatham & Son whose Zari orchard recently won the Orchard of Year competition, the front cover will show a picture of the Zari and will also smell like Zari apples.