Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Apples, apples and more apples!

 Don't miss the amazing apple art piece by artist Emma Karp Lundström at our pop up Fika event tomorrow!
Apple art piece by Emma Karp Lundström
Emma Karp Lundström has been behind the apple art at The Kivik Apple Market in recent years and this year will be no exception. The Kivik Apple Market is a harvest festival focusing on the Swedish apple. Every year the market features a piece of apple art, in which 35,000 apples are installed on 70,000 spikes. The piece of art looks like a painting, but is actually pieced together by colorful apples. The theme is kept secret until the art is unveiled at the market. This year’s market takes place in Kivik 24-25 September 2011.

The Kivik Apple Market started in 1988 when the Swedish fruit-growing industry joined forces to raise positive aware­ness of Swedish fruit. Times had been hard for apple growers and when the USA and EU demanded the removal of the Swedish import ban on foreign fruit during the Swedish fruit season, fruit growers protested and countered by starting the “Apple War”.

In 1988, an estimated 6,000 visitors attended the market in the square. Twenty or so years later, between 20,000 and 25,000 people are attracted to Kivik Harbour during the last weekend in September.

During the market, visitors can taste and buy a wide range of Swedish fruit, listen to ar­tists performing on the stage, buy Swedish handicrafts and attend the annual Golden Apple award ceremony. The Apple Market is organised by not-for-profit company Äpplemarknaden i Kivik – a cooperative effort from several fruit growers and companies in the Swedish fruit industry, including Äppelriket & Kiviks Musteri.

Kivik is a small town in the southern county of Skåne. It is located in a part of Skåne called Österlen.


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