The seeds are being planted for next year’s Donnybrook Apple Festival as the community plans for another fruitful event. After a successful weekend in April, the event committee is back working behind the scenes to deliver a bigger and better festival next year that combines Donnybrook’s charm with new additions. The annual event this year added its first open studios artisan trail to the program, which the committee hopes to expand upon next year to include orchards and open gardens. An exclusive ticketed dinner event is among the other ideas to bring new life to the festival. “We’re hoping to bring back the charm of yesteryear and include a ticketed dinner event, perhaps something along the lines of the Apple Ball of years gone by,” committee chair Belinda O’Brien said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase country and celebrate community whilst offering a great way to explore Donnybrook at the same time, appreciating local works of art, magnificent gardens and delicious produce.” Ms O’Brien said the committee welcomed feedback on this year’s celebrations and encouraged those keen to take part in the event to get in touch. “In 2022 we would look forward to being bigger and better and working on lots of ideas behind the scenes to make the dream become a reality,” she said. Keen stallholders, artisans and volunteers are urged to keep an eye out for details about expressions of interest, with the committee already issuing a call-out for entertainers to take to the stage next year.