For the past thirty years in the hamlet of Setauket, the last Sunday of September is celebrated with apples, from freshly pressed cider to homemade pies. Preservation Long Island is set to host the 30th Annual Long Island Apple Festival at Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket on Sunday, September 29th, from 11 am to 4:30 pm.
The 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 festival food and beverages will be available for purchase.
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.
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.
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. Admission is $7 for the general public, $5 for 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. Sherwood-Jayne Farm is located at 55 Old Post Road, Setauket.