In a perfect world I would have gone apple picking today, but due to the recent inclement weather all the nearby apple picking facilities are closed.

National Apple Day is mainly celebrated in the UK, but it is an American holiday as well.  It falls just a few days before Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26th.

The first Apple Day was celebrated on October 21, 1990 in Covent Garden, London.  It was started by Common Ground (A UK charity group creative to promote local distinctiveness).  Each year communities organize hundreds of local events revolving around Apples and the Harvest Season.  Apple Day is a “way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality and that it is possible to effect change in your area.”  Common Ground declared the Apple a symbol of the physical, cultural, and genetic diversity we should keep in mind and not forget.  In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild life they support

Apple Day events can be large or small, from apple games in a garden to large village fairs with cooking demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and of course many hundreds of apple varieties.

More recently Apple Day has evolved into a weekend event, usually taking place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to Oct. 21st although a number of venues now simply use the term Apple Day for their own events which can take place anywhere in the second half of October.