Apple Festival 2017

Our 26th 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.

Apple Fest (web)

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

This fundraising event, organized by the Friends of the Garden, supports UBC Botanical Garden.

*Membership cards or passes for UBC Botanical Garden Members, UNA members, affiliated organizations and Groupons are not accepted in lieu of the $5 admission fee.

Hours: 11 am - 4 pm

There will be NO parking at UBC Botanical Garden. 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 20 minutes. The last shuttle leaves the Festival at 4:45 pm.

The Garden is serviced by the #49 UBC/Metrotown bus or the #C20 UBC Shuttle. Please check the Translink website for up-to-date bus schedules.

A bike valet will be available at the main entrance.

This event aims to be a zero waste event.

Interested in volunteering at Apple Festival? Please email

No pets are allowed in the Garden (service animals excepted). Please leave them at home.

Last year, around 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilos) of apples were sold to thousands of hungry attendees. Over 60 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” apples, as well as 50 varieties of apple trees were for sale.

A list of apples and trees for sale in 2017 will be available at the beginning of October.

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Apple Tasting Tent. For $5, curious event goers can taste a huge variety of new and heritage BC-grown apples.

  • up to 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia
  • Friends of the Garden's Apple Booklet, available for purchase at the event, lists the history, propagation needs and features of more than 100 varieties of apples
  • Tasting sessions from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets $5, available outside the tasting tent

Please note that not all the apples in the tasting tent will be available for sale due to very limited availability of some heritage varieties.

A list of apples available for tasting in 2017 will be released at the beginning of October.

Children's Area

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!

Best Apple Display in Canada

Also at the event is The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association, who hosts a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia.

  • Demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing
  • Apple ID - try to stump the experts with apple varieties from your garden (hint: bring along six apples from your unidentified tree)
  • Master Gardeners will be available to discuss apple and fruit tree-related diseases and pest management for those seeking problem-solving advice
  • Learn all about bees and pollination

Attractions at the Garden

Be sure to spend some time exploring our beautiful Botanical Garden:

  • Take a “walk in the trees” on the Greenheart TreeWalk
  • The Shop in the Garden features an exciting array of apple-related merchandise as well as tools, books and gifts
  • Our Garden Centre has a wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees and hundreds of plants for your garden

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 knitwear, soaps, pottery and stationery.

Entertainment line-up will be announced soon!

5 responses to “Apple Festival 2017”

  1. Ron Sudermann

    Hi . I’m looking for someone who maybe able to identify this apple growing in my yard. Again this year there is an abundance of them, haven’t been able to identify. I will send pictures if you are up to the challenge

  2. Garden Marketing

    Hi Victor,
    While we don’t yet have the exact details of who will be coming to this year’s Apple Festival, we do expect to have similar apple displays including the Best Apple Display in Canada. It includes a demonstration on apple cider making. Hope you can make it!

  3. Victor Chui

    Any idea who is/are coming to showcase apple cider making this year? I’d be very interested in learning more about these cider making pioneers and masters. Thx.

    Victor Chui
    Fantasizing about living on a farm, making apple ciders
    (604) 512-1873
    PS: Please feel free to contact me if you need extra hands on your farm. I am willing to travel across BC for short-term farming jobs. I am multilingual (English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish), loving (talking to ^-^) plants and flowers. Being industrial and physically fit with an appreciative, learning attitude, I am able to help out in many positions as requested. Thx.

  4. Garden Marketing

    Hi Marlys – I have passed your information along to the Friends of the Garden, who run Apple Fest. Thanks!

  5. Marlys Wolfe

    I am interested in entering the Apple Fest as a vendor. Is there any space that comes available? I have an organic farm in Kelowna, B.C. and I make different teas, jams, jellies, garlic products and natural health products. Would these be suitable for that event? You can check my website out if you wish…

    I would appreciate any information on being a vendor at this event.

    Marlys Wolfe
    Falcon Ridge Farms
    250 2120755

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