The UBC Apple Festival returns for its 25th anniversary October 15-16. This is one of our favourite fall Vancouver family-friendly events. The party celebrates one of BC’s most prolific fruits and has all the cozy traditions you need to let go of summer and welcome cool weather, from apple cider to heaps of apple pie.

Around 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilos) of apples will be sold to thousands of hungry attendees. Over 60 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. Varieties of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing root stock are also for sale, perfect for the home garden or patio.

Activities also include learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties. Kids can engage in a number of activities in the children’s area, ranging from face painting and games to storytelling. A variety of talented entertainers keep the family amused, including family-friendly shows on the Main Stage.

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Apple Tasting tent.

For $5, curious event goers can taste up to 60 varieties of new and heritage BC-grown apples. For those who want to enrich their knowledge of local apples, The Apples of the Apple Festival booklet is also available for purchase.

Be sure to spend some time exploring the beautiful Botanical Garden or take a “walk on the wild side” on the treetop Greenheart TreeWalk. Don’t forget to take a break to enjoy some of the festival’s selection of tasty edibles including apple pie, available for purchase at The Food Fair on the main lawn near the Apple Tasting Tent.

Admission is $5 for adults including free entry to the garden (cash only for admission fee); children 12 and under free. A bike valet will be available at the main entrance, and there is a free shuttle bus from the UBC Campus West Parkade and Fraser River Parkade beginning at 9:30 am.

This fundraising event, organized by the Friends of the Garden, supports UBC Botanical Garden. No pets are allowed in the Garden. Please leave them at home.

Oh, did we mention the pie? Mmmmm…. PIE.

Last modified: January 28, 2017

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