|Apple art piece by Emma Karp Lundström|
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.
SKÅNE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
Fly to Copenhagen with Easyjet (www.easyjet.co.uk) from as little as £38.99 return. Other airlines that fly to Copenhagen from London include SAS (www.flysas.co.uk), British Airways (www.ba.com) and Norwegian (www.norwegian.com). Ryanair is also starting flights to Malmö from London Stansted on 2 November. The train from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö city centre takes less than half an hour.
For holidays in Skåne, see Discover the World http://www.discover-the-world.co.uk/en/destinations/sweden/regions/skane.html
For more information on Skåne and Malmö please go to www.visitsweden.com/relaxingskane