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Apple Madness: 2009 Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug 15/16 – a few ideas

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Apple Madness: 2009 Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug 15/16 – a few ideas

rworange | Aug 5, 2009 09:07 PM

List of food vendors at the fair
http://gravensteinapplefair.com/gaf_f...

I seem to miss the Gravenstein season every year, but not this year.

Who knows how much longer gravs will be around?

From a peak of 14,000 acres in 1945, by 2009 there are only 943 acres left. Grapes are more profitable and many orchards have been replaced by vineyards. Gravs are fragile and don’t keep or travel well. Here’s some info with links to the Slow Food Gravenstein project.

Save the Gravenstein Apple - Bay Area restaurants serving them in August
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641516

I’m not such a fair/festival person so I did my good apple hunting last week. Here are some ideas about farms, stores, restaurants, etc in the area for those who decide to attend the fair. Hopefully others who know the area will offer other suggestions.

This is 2003 report about the fair, but it is a good one and some of the same vendors are on this year’s list

Gravenstein Apple Fair Report—Long
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/25326

Other reports with some tips such as “the trick with baked goods at the apple fair (so we have learned) is to go for the things being made by the little old church & school ladies. We threw away a packaged offering from one of the apple vendors and replaced it with a lovingly handmade, came-in-a-ziploc-bag turnover from a booth full of Grandmas”

2001 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17149
2002: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/20708
2004: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/30621
2007: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/431061

I put this list together of apple farms and stands as well as other food-worthy stops for those who attend the festival.
http://www.chow.com/lists/14970

Since the Places database is down for August, the first reply has an overview and links to places that are not currently in the database.

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