Saturday 20 October 2018
Granny Smith Festival 2018
Victor P Taffa
Granny Smith Festival named after the Granny Smith Apple and in honour of Maria Ann Smith is an annual festival held in Eastwood.
Naturally the Granny Smith Apple takes pride at the festival.
Granny Smith Festival runs from 9.00 am-8.30 pm on Saturday 20 October 2018.
This year Eastwood celebrates 150 Years of the Granny Smith Apple.
Rowe Street and Progress Avenue are where the fun of the festival will be held with more than 90,000 people expected to attend.
Parking is limited as many streets will be closed off for the festival. People from afar can get to Eastwood by train and alight at Eastwood Railway Station which is just a short walk from the fun of the festival.
Eastwood Railway Station is on Sydney’s Northern Line.
Granny Smith Apple History
Granny Smith is a tip-bearing apple cultivar, which originated in Eastwood, New South Wales Australia in 1868.
It is named after Maria Ann Smith, who propagated the cultivar from a chance seedling.
Eastwood is now a suburb of Sydney within the City of Ryde.
Its discoverer, Maria Ann Smith, had emigrated to the district from Beckley, East Sussex in 1839 with her husband Thomas.
They purchased a small orchard in the area in 1855-1856 and began cultivating fruit, for which the area was a well known centre in the colony of New South Wales.
Maria Ann Smith had numerous children and was a prominent figure in the district, earning the nickname ‘Granny’ Smith in her advanced years.