Apple weekend is hottest ticket in town

Buckingham Garden Centre host Apple and Chilli Weekend. Pictured event organizers Chris Day and Mike Easom
Buckingham Garden Centre host Apple and Chilli Weekend. Pictured event organizers Chris Day and Mike Easom

Visitors to Buckingham Garden Centre’s seventh apple weekend could sample all manner of chilli peppers and other sweet and savoury treats on Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s spicy new addition proved a big hit with visitors to the popular annual event. Garden centre spokesman Chris Day said: “It was our seventh apple weekend, and this year we introduced chillies, as well as our continued interest in bees. We had 65-plus varieties of apple and a good range of chillies as well.”

Chilli expert Jason Breed from Kings Seeds was on hand to offer advice, while on Sunday many visitors queued for the ever-popular apple identification supremo, John Edgeley.

Visitors could also sample sweet and savoury dishes prepared by up-and-coming Padbury chef Chris Wright, 15, who demonstrated a salmon and Pink Lady apple dish, as well as a chilli and chocolate creation.

Mr Day said chillies are becoming increasing popular as an indoor crop. He said: “You can grow them from this time of year right through the winter on a sunny windowsill or in a conservatory.”

Other exhibitors included Buckingham Beekeepers’ Association, A Bit Chilli, Wobbly Bottom Farm, Buck­ingham Brewery, Concrete Cow Brewery, and the Puzzle Centre from Middle Claydon.