5 Reasons to Bite Into the 2018 UBC Apple Festival

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A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.

Apples are amazing. They are are a healthy, cheap and cheerful snack that is easy to carry in a purse or backpack, and I love a good apple pie – the ultimate comfort food dessert! BC is known for its orchards, so it’s no wonder there is a festival to celebrate the crispy delight that is the apple. After all, an apple a day…

5 Reasons to Visit the UBC Apple Festival

1. Variety

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent. For $5, curious event goers can taste a huge variety of new and heritage BC-grown apples. The festival is expecting to receive and sell approximately 34,000 pounds (15,422 kilos) of apples (63 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” apples), as well as over 70 varieties of apple trees.

It is recommended to arrive early. Some varieties of apples sell out quickly. A list of apples and trees available for sale will be posted in here.

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Flickr

2. Fun

Kids can engage in a number of activities in the Children’s Area, ranging from face painting, games and storytelling. They can learn about biodiversity, the environment, bees and other pollinators and more from our outreach partners. And don’t miss everybody’s favourite—the Leaf Pile!

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Flickr

3. Venue

The UBC Botanical Garden is of Vancouver’s gems. Take a “walk in the trees” on the Greenheart TreeWalk (special event pricing in effect!) – which is truly a fantastic experience. You’ll also be able to shop apple-related merchandise, tools, books, and gifts, and check out the Garden Centre for wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees, plus hundreds of plants for your garden.

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Flickr

4. Learning

The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association will be at the event, and they hosta physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia. There will be demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing, sessions with Master Gardeners experts, and the opportunity to learn all about bees and pollination.

Attendees can also take part in Apple ID – try to stump the experts with apple varieties from your garden (hint: bring along six apples from your unidentified tree.)

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Flickr

5. Food & Entertainment

This year’s Food Fair promises to have something for everyone! From apple pie to hot coffee, chocolate, pizza, cookies, popcorn and much more, you’ll be sure to have fun sampling all of the different offerings. You can also discover great finds from our crafters, including books, soaps, pottery and stationery.

A variety of talented entertainers keep the family amused, including family-friendly shows on both the Great Lawn Main Stage and the West Entrance Small Stage. 2018 Entertainment schedule to be posted very soon!

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Flickr

Details

Date: October 13-14, 2018

Times: 11:00am – 4:00pm on both days

Location: UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

Address: 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Admission: $5 (cash only) for adults; children 12 and under free.* (Apple Festival admission includes Garden admission.)

Transportation: There is NO parking at UBC Botanical Garden during Apple Festival. Please park at the West Parkade or Fraser River Parkade. There is a free shuttle bus from the UBC Campus West Parkade and Fraser River Parkade beginning at 9:30 am and running every 15 minutes. The last shuttle leaves the Festival at 4:45 pm. The Garden is serviced by the #49 UBC/Metrotown bus and the UBC Shuttles #68 UBC Exchange/Lower Mall. A bike valet will be available at the main entrance.

For more information, visit the event website here

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