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.
Sorry, we have sold out of apples but the Festival continues! Please join us for the Tasting Tent ($5), live music and dancing, Children’s Area, Best Apple Display in Canada and much more. Admission to the Festival is now $3 and includes Garden admission.
Admission is $3 (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 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
No pets are allowed in the Garden (service animals excepted). Please leave them at home.
This year, we are 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.
We recommend you arrive early. Some varieties of apples sell out quickly.
Sorry, apples SOLD OUT
One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent Supported by Whole Foods Market. 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.
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 - special event pricing in effect!
- 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 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.
Here is the entertainment schedule for 2017.
Along For The Ride: Helen Hansen, Kathy Francis and Ken Hatch have made music together for well over a decade, originally in quintette and now as a trio. Helen has sung at venues such as The Cellar and Frankie’s (Coastal Jazz) Clubs. Kathy is half of the duo known as “Pearl” and has performed at Apple Festival in recent years. They will be joined by Ken, now a resident of Denman Island, to bring a mix of songs from their electric repertoire, featuring duo harmonies and possibly a bit of ukelele as well. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Anthony Blackman is a steel drummer loved by many. He has attended Apple Festival for the last six years. The beautiful sounds of his expertly played steel drum will soothe or energize you depending on the tune. You will find him in various areas of the Garden during Apple Festival 2017.
Blackthorn is a Vancouver-based Celtic folk group whose extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation. For more information, check out their website at www.blackthornband.com.
Rebecca Blair’s career as a harpist and teacher has been both rich and varied. She is active in the Vancouver folk music scene, performing with groups such as the Maenads and Triskellion. Rebecca works as a freelance musician and her audiences have included the International Bar Association and the President of Ireland. She sometimes works as a studio musician playing on CDs such as the Maenads and Orra Chan by Teresa Doyle. Rebecca regularly gives harp workshops at Place des Arts in Coquitlam. She keeps a busy schedule of teaching and performing, as well as studying Irish dance. Visit her website at www.dancingharp.com.
Join Ellen van der Hoeven and Tom Rawson for some humorous stories, user-friendly songs, and acoustic folk philosophy that are guaranteed to leave you smiling. Armed with banjos, penny whistles, and other weapons of mass delight, Tom and Ellen will have you singing along in no time. Tune up your vocal chords; you'll need 'em! They can be reached at www.tomrawson.com.
Vancouver's ErRatica is your all-purpose kitchen party band, performing original material and a whole lot of songs and tunes from a variety of folk traditions in a variety of ways on a variety of musical instruments. Bernard Gobin, Cameron Stewart, Don Davidson and Jane Slemon make up this hearty gang of four. Their CD is called We Sail On a Notion. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry Truter, Henk Piket and Roger Holdstock are Fraser Union, who have been singing together for what seems like forever! Their repertoire covers a lot of Canadian songs, many that tell stories of this land and its people. They love to sing songs with choruses and hope others will join in. They have performed at numerous festivals, including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Vancouver Island MusicFest, and are very happy to return to the beautiful Apple Festival at UBC. You can take their music home on their five CDs. For more information contact Roger Holdstock at email@example.com or visit www.fraserunion.com.
The Hot Teas is an a cappella group based in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Upon graduation from UBC (for some, with two degrees), they collectively realized that the only way to fill the a cappella-shaped hole in their hearts was to start a group of their own. While they may be young professionals by day, each singer has a musical history that includes at least five years of acappella. The group rehearses over cups of hot tea and laughter, blending friendship and a love of harmony into a signature style. They sing everything from pop to indie rock, and bring talent and a vast range of experience to the stage. You can find more information about them at www.facebook.com/thehotteasmusic.
The motto of The Irish Wakers is “Celebrate Life,” appropriate for a fun and rollicking Celtic band who alternate all manner of fiddle tunes with a wide range of songs, from contemporary Irish ballads to old sea shanties. Band members are Blake Williams (bodhran), Brian Robertson (guitar, bizouki), Hugh Brock (flute, whistles, pipes) and up-and-coming fiddle sensation, Michael Burnyeat. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JES is Jane Slemon, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Susan Larkin. A tight braid of voices backed by a tapestry of instruments, the members of this musical friendship often can’t help but get themselves mixed up with one another. JES brings a diverse repertoire that includes celtic, folk roots, and original songs. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat have been singing together for nearly forty years. They sing songs—many have been recorded on their 7 CDs—made by the prospectors, miners, loggers and settlers of early BC. They have also published two books: Dead Horse on the Tulameen, a collection of verses, songs and historical essays drawn from the papers of the Similkameen Valley newspapers between 1900 and 1945; and the award-winning Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike. Their most recent CD is Now It's Called Princeton: Songs and Poetry from the Upper Similkameen, a collection of mining, ranching, logging and settling songs that they have found in the archives of the Princeton Museum. Jon and Rika have been involved in every aspect of folk music—singing, collecting, publishing, educating, producing radio programs, and organizing folk music societies and festivals. They are the founders and organizers of the annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival. Visit their website at www.jonandrika.org.
Vancouver area Celtic harpist and flutist Judy Henry began her musical studies at the age of ten on the flute. Steeped in the classical realm of flute and piano, Judy immersed herself in the study of Celtic harp as an adult. Judy performs on both harp and flute in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Richmond and Vancouver. Experienced as both a solo and chamber musician, her breadth of experience encompasses concert halls to hospices, special needs benefits to dinner music for the King and Queen of Sweden. Judy creates magical musical atmospheres to enhance your special occasions. Visit Judy's website at www.judyhenrymusic.com.
Just Duets is Andrea Smith and Dave Lidstone in a musical collaboration of wonderful sibling-like vocal harmonies with solid guitar accompaniment. Their repertoire consists of songs of life and love that come from a variety of musical genres and reflect a commitment to social justice, to Canadian roots, and to poetry in song. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start with some bluegrass; stir in country, rhythm & blues, and swing, then add a pinch of Latin and simmer for about 30 years—that’s the recipe for an evening of music with the Little Mountain Trio. Kitty King, Dave Lidstone and Rob McGregor put their varied musical talents together on acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin, and 3-part harmonies. Delicious! They can be reached at email@example.com.
Maria Ho Trio: Maria's impeccable articulation and precise diction captivate audiences through a musical breeze of swinging standards, Brazilian rhythms and romantic ballads. Throughout this summer, Maria performed at The Vancouver Art Gallery garden patio, in celebration of the Claude Monet Secret Garden exhibition. Maria has released two albums: Where or When (2012) and Smile (2015). The albums have received rotation airplay on major jazz stations in New York, Denver, California, Denmark and Italy. Maria is now finishing her third album, and she looks forward to performing at the Apple Festival again! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael and Micki: The UBC Fiddle Club was founded by UBC students Michael Burnyeat and Micki-Lee Smith in 2016, and hosts jam sessions, concerts, and other events around the UBC campus, as well as playing outreach gigs for various organizations. It is one of the only university fiddle clubs out there! The club is open for any UBC student to join, all instruments are welcome! For more information, like and follow the page at www.facebook.com/ubcfiddleclub.
Pearl (Kathy Francis and Andrea Smith) draws from a diverse musical palette to deliver gems in many genres. These two soulful performers have been a big part of west coast music camps over the years and pop up at coffee house and festivals whenever asked. From swing to folk to old time, this duo will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone with their lush harmonies and varied instrumental support including guitar, mandolin, clarinet, ukulele and percussion. Add in a few original songs and pearls—what’s not to like? They can be reached at email@example.com.
Romance, passion and lively rhythms: Sangre Morena is a musical duo with Elsa Rojas Marquez and Jose Gimenez, who perform music from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. They bring the most beloved Spanish-language songs to life with beautiful, passionate singing and the fiery sounds of the Flamenco Guitar. Find them at www.sangremorena.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers is a women's Morris dance and music group that has been active in the Vancouver area for over thirty years. Originally from England, these dances are part of a worldwide family of ritual ceremonial dances sharing the common features of colour, vitality, disguise and choreography based on circles and processions. Morris traces its roots back to medieval times, although we like to say that its origins are lost in the mists of time, and was traditionally done to mark both seasonal and agricultural highlights such as first ploughing, harvests and summer solstice. It later became an important part of most village and town community celebrations. Their costumes and music reflect the lively, celebratory nature of this ancient English tradition. They can be reached at email@example.com.
The Vancouver Morris Men: Fine purveyors of Traditional English Folk Dance, Theatre, & Song since 1982. The Morris is a form of English folk dance based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Unlike most folk dance, the Morris is not a social dance: it is not a form of social interaction between the genders for their personal pleasure. In this sense, the Morris is probably better described as a ceremonial, or ritual, dance. The earliest known reference to the Morris is from 1448. Mention of it also occurred in the late 15th century. These early references invariably mention "Morys" in a court setting but, by the mid 17th century, it had adopted the nature of a folk dance performed by local church parishes. Today, there are hundreds of morris dance sides (or teams) all over the world. Associated with the Morris are other folk customs including theatre (mumming plays) and song which the Vancouver Morris Men include in their repertoire. The Vancouver Morris Men’s website is at www.vancouvermorrismen.org.