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Sample Apple Pie Like No Other, At The Marldon Apple Pie Fair

Sample an apple pie like no other, at The Marldon Apple Pie Fair
If you find yourself in the English Riviera on the last Saturday in July there is no where better to spend the afternoon than at the Marldon Apple Fair, and not just for the delicious apple pie…

Marldon is a small traditional South Devon village which sits tucked away between Torquay and Paignton, just off the main ring road which connects the two towns. If you are feeling energetic and you are staying in Torquay or Paignton you could easily walk to Marldon but if not don’t worry, it is on a bus route or if you are driving it is only a maximum of a 10 minute drive.

If you are in the area in the weeks leading up to the Apple Fair you cannot help noticing the signs which are posted everywhere, inviting you to this most prominent event in the Marldon Diary. It is advisable to arrive early as the small lanes which lead up to the village and the cricket field where the fair is held, get absolutely jam packed, as you would imagine.

A real treat for the senses

On arrival at the fair I can guarantee that your senses will be blown away by the activities that seem to be going off all around you, you can feel the excitement in the air and you will soon realise that this in no normal summer fair, it is instead, something very special indeed. The fair has been in existence since 1888 but was then just an annual show with a freshly baked apple pie being the main feature.

The fair was known as ‘Apple Pie Day’ by the locals but it is only since 1955 that the fair has been known as the Marldon Apple Pie Fair and when you set eyes on the apple pie, you will see why. It is absolutely massive and you should really get in the queue to sample it’s delights with a dollop of fresh Devon cream before it runs out.

I don’t think I have ever been to the Marldon Apple Pie Fair without seeing many disappointed faces walking away from an empty large silver tray with the words ‘Sorry. Sold Out!’ written on a piece of cardboard, balanced up on the serving table.

You will be pleased to know that the apple pie is not the only attraction, there are stalls in every available space with the scrumpy stall always being extremely popular, a word of warning though, this is pure Devon scrumpy we are talking about so don’t be surprised when it is served to you in a small plastic glass, you are not being ripped off, you are being looked after, this is a drink that is not for the faint hearted and is very, very intoxicating, especially on a warm summers afternoon.

End the day at a Michelin listed pub

There are live events throughout the afternoon such as dog racing and wood cutting and this only goes to add to the uniqueness of the event. The cheers that fill the air when the results are announced for the live events drown out the noises from the crowd, and as the afternoons events are drawing to a close, thoughts drift toward a scrumptious meal at the Church House Inn, situated just across the road from the cricket field and the first pub in Devon to be listed in the Michelin Pub Guide.

The last Saturday in July is a day to remember indeed, and I can say with hand on heart that you should make every effort to sample the delights of the Marldon Apple Pie Fair, the memories from that special day will stay with you long after your trip to the English Riviera is over.

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