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Here you can see my Guide to Damsons
It's a pdf about 2.4Mb in size, and 72 A4 pages long (version 15, October 2013).
Click the picture above to download it and open it up in your browser. You can then print or save a copy, should you wish. If you quote from it, please credit!
You can also read an article 'Damson comeback' that I wrote for the RHS Fruit Group's September 2012 Newsletter.
Also, see how damsons have appeared in poetry and prose, and recipes for Damson Jam, Gin and Crumble.
ÒÒÒ Dates for your diary in 2013 ÒÒÒ
Damson & Plum festivals and events
Saturday 13th April
Damson Day in Cumbria's Lyth Valley - enjoyed by around 2,500 visitors!
April 22nd - 27th
Bulgarian Plum Festival in Troyan - play the Plum League loyalty game Plum Medals Fever! 'Na zdrave!'
August 3rd - 26th
Pershore Plum Festival
The Worcestershire town goes all purple!
Sunday 11th August
Plum Day at the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale, near Faversham postponed due to the slow crop.. display & tastings now at its Cider Festival Aug 24-25
August 18th - 25th
Mirabelle Plum Festival (Fetes de la Mirabelle), Metz, the capital of Lorraine, France - going since 1947 with music, art, crafts, food, market, and Reine de la Mirabelle pageant, Grand Circus Parade and fireworks
August 31st - September 2nd
Osecina Plum Fair, Serbia - 'Ziveli!'
September 7th - 8th
Stromberg Plum Market, Germany - 'Und Weg!'
September 7th - 15th
All Things Damson, Brockhampton Estate nr Bromyard, Worcs
A week of damson PYO (£2/kg), tastings, displays, & orchard tours at this National Trust property. The National Trust's Brockhampton Estate has kindly allowed me to reproduce its All Things Damson interpretation panels in PDF form on my website - click here to read more about damsons, and damsons at Brockhampton.
Beach Plum Festival, New Jersey, USA
Celebration of Prunus Maritima (of which Squibnocket is a variety) - pick them, try Beach Plum jelly & ice cream
Market Drayton Medieval Damson Fair
The famous Damson Fair returns to the Shropshire town for 2013
Food festivals likely to feature damson products for sale
Kendal Festival of Food March 2 - 3
Dales Festival of Food & Drink Leyburn, Wensleydale May 4 - 6
Ludlow Spring Festival May 11 - 12
Shrewsbury Food Festival June 29 - 30
Ludlow Food Festival September 13 - 15
Taste Cumbria Food Festival Cockermouth, September 28 - 29
Let me know if you have any comments, or if there are any errors, ommissions or confusions, in the Guide.
See my You Tube video How To Make Damson Gin
- over 12,000 views to date!