Native Wines, the Mt. Pleasant company that is renowned for making unfiltered wine from local wild fruits, is holding a celebration to honor one its favorite ingredients: the apple.
On Saturday, October 18 from noon to 6 p.m. Native Wines owners Bob Sorenson and Winnie Wood are hosting Honest Apple Day. More than 50 kinds of heirloom apples will be available for sampling, along with as many as 30 different homemade apple pies, apple cider, apple butter and apple wine.
There will also be an Ugliest Witch in the West contest, with cash prizes being awarded for both children and adults, and a non-motorized parade at 4 p.m. Saturday (sign up at 2 p.m. at Wasatch Studio, 67 W. Main Street) featuring the witches and scooters, horse or dog-drawn carriages, skateboards and more. Other activities include musical performances and wine and cheese tasting.
The World s Best Apple Pie contest will be held at 3 p.m, with judging by a distinguished panel to determine the best pie.All activities will be held at Native Wines, 72 S. 500 West in Mt. Pleasant.
The fall event has become another annual tradition of Native Wines, which is also involved in the Sanpitch Rhubarb Festival that is held in May and celebrates the plant and its many uses. Local vendors come up with interesting things to eat and drink featuring rhubarb, including ice cream, salsa, syrup and baked goods.
Native Wines, located in a historic building near downtown Mt. Pleasant, uses fruit that is picked from wild trees and shrubs in the mountains and valleys of central Utah. Sorenson and Wood return many of the seeds the fruit used in the winery (chokecherry, rosehip, elderberry, currant, gooseberry) to their native habitats in a toast to the future.
For more information on Native Wines or Honest Apple Day, phone (435) 462-9261.