PRESERVATION LONG ISLAND
30th Annual Long Island Apple Festival
Sunday, September 29, 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Preservation Long Island Hosts the 30th Annual Long Island Apple Festival at Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket
, September 29, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Sherwood-Jayne Farm
55 Old Post Road, Setauket
Preservation Long Island, in partnership with Benner’s Farm and Homestead Arts, will host the 30th Annual Long Island Apple Festival at Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket
For the past thirty years in the hamlet of Setauket, the last Sunday of September is celebrated with apples – courtesy of the annual Long Island Apple Festival at historic Sherwood –Jayne Farm! From freshly pressed cider and homemade pies, this year’s festival brings apples and much more.
Months before the tart specimens dangle from far-reaching branches, Preservation Long Island staff, local community partners and volunteers begin planning the Long Island Apple Festival which attracts over 2,000 visitors each year. For residents from the Three Village area, the festival is a cherished family tradition. In addition to Long Islanders, the festival attracts visitors from New York City and beyond including tourists exploring the area’s local historic sites and bucolic landscapes.
The 30th Annual Long Island Apple Festival features continuous activities, special programs and apple-related demonstrations including:
Apple pressing with Johnny Appleseed, live music, old fashioned games and relay races, apple crafts, face painting, pony and hayrides, apple cider tasting, colonial cooking demonstrations, historic house and barn tours, local craft artisans and a variety of delicious festival food and beverages are available for purchase.
Many of the day’s activities are staffed by local volunteers including scores of community service-minded students from Ward Melville High School. Festival parking is managed by the Suffolk Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron 10, and guided nature walks of the Sherwood-Jayne property are led by members of the Seatuck Environmental Association.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Apple Pie Baking Contest with Live Apple Pie Auction. Notable Long Islanders and VIP guests serve as judges for the festival’s Apple Pie Baking Contest. This year’s judging panel is staffed with culinary and baking experts, including a Long Island-based, Food Network Chopped Champion, local restaurateurs, and a few lucky festival-goers. The judges will sample each of the homemade pie creations on display and choose their favorite. The winning pie bakers will be awarded ribbons and gift packages donated by local merchants. Festival visitors can cast their votes for the “Most Beautiful Pie” and bid on a pie to take home that catches their eye during the Live Apple Pie Auction. Interested amateur bakers can register for the contest on the 2019 Long Island Apple Festival website, or on Facebook.
The Long Island Apple Festival entrance fee includes: All games, programs, activities, demonstrations and a voucher for one free apple at the Apple Kiosk where bags of orchard-fresh apples are available for purchase (no apple picking). Additional tickets are required for the hay and pony rides.
$7 – General
$5 – Children, Seniors and Preservation Long Island Members
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the festival or in advance on Eventbrite. Free parking is available in the Sherwood-Jayne Farm parking field
No pets or rain date and no onsite apple picking
For more information about the Long Island Apple Festival visit:
Originally built around 1730 as a lean-to saltbox dwelling, the house and agricultural setting were maintained as an operational farmstead for over 150 years by members of the Jayne family. In 1908, Preservation Long Island’s founder, Howard C. Sherwood, acquired the property to showcase his lifetime interest in collecting, studying, and living with antiques. Located in a bucolic setting, the house maintains its nineteenth-century agrarian context with hayfields, meadows, woodlot, orchard, and pasture. http://preservationlongisland.org/sherwood-jayne- farm/
Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that works with Long Islanders to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of our shared past through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections. http://preservationlongisland.org/
Preservation Long Island maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including: Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor, NY http://preservationlongisland.org/joseph-lloyd- manor/ Custom House, Sag Harbor, NY http://preservationlongisland.org/custom-house/ Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY http://preservationlongisland.org/methodist-church/
Benner’s Farm and Homestead Arts
Benner’s Farm is a historic family homestead and educational center. The Benner’s have been sharing their farm and teaching about its history with children and adults in the community for more than 30 years. Benner’s Farm Homestead Arts Program offers historical demonstrations and workshops to children and educators in farm and folk crafts such as maple sugaring, weaving, spinning, candle and soap making and other historical arts and crafts. Through hands on experiences in these art forms and processes students gain a unique perspective on history and learn what life was like before technology and the modern age.