Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

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SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples.

Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort.

This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Wine and hard cider tastings, pony rides, children’s crafts and live entertainment will also be featured throughout the day.

The event’s main draw remains two giant kettles — a 55-gallon kettle owned by Skyland.

The kettle is used each year during the festival for a three-day process of peeling and boiling apples to make the apple butter. Event-goers will have the chance to see the process first-hand during demonstrations at the event, or purchase a jar of the freshly made butter to take home.

This year’s event is the 18th annual installment of the Apple Butter Festival.

Admission to the festival is free, although park admission fees do apply.
Skyland Resort sits at milepost 41.7 or 42.5 on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

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