Apple Festival 2016

Our 25th Year!


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.

This year, 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.

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.

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.

Don’t forget about our Scarecrow Contest! Kids, teams and families are welcome to submit their scarecrow for judging. All entries will be eligible for great prizes!


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.


2 responses to “Apple Festival 2016”

  1. sai2012

    Hi Shirley – Our apple tree buyer has told me a full list of trees won’t be available until early October. She suggests you call the Garden Centre at 604.822.4529 and see if they have any available from their commercial apple tree suppliers. She also said these varieties are not very common, as the apples are so commonly available in stores, so people don’t find the need to grow them. Good luck with your search, and hope to see you at Apple Festival!

  2. Shirley Yin

    I live in Richmond ,I would like order dwarf McIntosh,Granny Smith apple tree for my back yard, do they have ? or can i contact the seller?thank you.

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