WITH autumn here, Chepstow is getting ready for its tenth annual Apple Day event, which will be held this year at the Drill Hall on Sunday, October 28, 11.30am-4.30pm.

The Apple Cookery Competition is one of the day’s highlights, and the event’s organisers – Chepstow Town Council and Transition Chepstow – are pleased to announce that Anthony Barnes, executive chef at the Marriott St Pierre, has agreed to judge this year’s competition.

Mr Barnes said he was looking for presentation, flavour and a dish that tells a story – “something that sets it apart from the rest,” he said.

In addition to the cookery competition, there will be fruits and drinks on sale, a range of entertainment and activities for all ages, light lunches and refreshments.

Visitors can bring their own apples to press for juice and cider, enjoy outdoor activities at one of the nearby community orchards, and bring along their own mystery apples for identification.

This will be the first Apple Day since Chepstow achieved plastic-free status in June this year, and the event will use no single-use plastic.

For more details of Apple Day, visit www.transitionchepstow.org.uk. Cookery competition entry forms are downloadable from this site and from Chepstow Museum.