UBC Apple Festival

October 15 & 16, 2022, 11 am – 4 pm

Apple Festival

Our 31st Year!

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


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Thank you for supporting our community fundraising event. Your visit supports education, research, conservation, and public display at UBC Botanical Garden. We can’t wait to see you at Apple Festival 2022, our first in-person festival since 2019.

To make sure we deliver a great experience, we are limiting ticket sales and only selling tickets online. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tasting tent tickets are especially limited due to capacity within our tent so that people can try the most apples possible during their time slot.

Festival admission and tasting tent tickets are required for all guests 8 years old and up. Children 7 and under are free and do not need admission or tasting tent tickets with an accompanying paying adult. All children under 13 must be accompanied by a guardian over 18 years of age.


Admission

Admission this year is online only. Admission is $9 per person for everyone aged 8 and up. Children 7 and under are free to enter the festival and in the tasting tent (with paid adult).* Apple Festival admission includes Garden admission. Festival admission includes access to UBC Botanical Garden, which usually costs $10.

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*Membership cards or passes for UBC Botanical Garden Members, UNA members, affiliated organizations, and discounted tickets are blacked out and are not accepted in lieu of the admission fee.
This fundraising is organized by the Friends of the Garden. All proceeds support UBC Botanical Garden.
This event aims to be zero waste.
No pets are allowed in the Garden (except service animals). Please leave them at home.


Bagged Apples For Sale

This year, we are expecting to receive and sell conventional apple varieties, heritage, and “tried and true.” We will also have pears, and quince. Approximate quantities of each will be announced as we are able to confirm them with our growers.

A list of apples for sale will be published closer to the festival once we’ve heard back from the growers. 

Some varieties of apples sell out quickly. A list of expected apples for sale will be postedonce the apple growers have confirmed our orders.

Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent – Tickets are $9/person
One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent. For an additional fee, curious eventgoers can taste a large variety of conventional and heritage BC-grown apples.

  • up to 40 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia
  • Friends of the Garden’s Apple Booklet ($5), 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 $9, available only online.

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Please note that not all the apples in the tasting tent will be available for sale due to the very limited availability of some heritage varieties.
2019 list of apples available for sampling in the Tasting Tent. The 2022 list will be published once we’ve confirmed with the growers. 


Apple Trees For Sale

We will have 42 varieties of apple trees and 3 varieties of crab apples available for sale in 2022. Find the list of trees available this year here. The size of trees are mostly 1 year whip (60 cm to 120 cm tall) and each tree is $35.

Apple Tree Sales special offer: New for this year!

Buy an apple tree onsite at the UBC Apple Festival this year and have an opportunity to have a free zoom consultation with Richard Hallman from Fruit Tree Magic Consulting. Connect with Richard on your mobile device or computer from your garden, and he will provide individualized pruning and apple tree training advice based on your growing situation. (note: zoom consultations are based on availability and Richard’s schedule and will take place in October to November 2022 or January to February 2023.)

A complete spreadsheet of trees available for sale, a glossary of terms, and apple tree planting instructions can be found here.

More information about the trees for sale at Apple Festival:

Tree rootstock: All trees are grown on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock (B9, M9 or M26).
Contact: Email garden.communications@ubc.ca if you have questions

Note: The presence of apple maggot has been confirmed in non-commercial host trees in the Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver , Vancouver Island and Prince George. Apple trees in pots from the Lower Mainland and Prince George should not be taken to the Okanagan, Similkameen and Creston valleys as they are the only commercial apple-producing regions in North America free of apple maggot.


Activities & Displays

Children’s Area
Kids can engage in a number of activities in the Children’s Area. 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 four apples and a few leaves if possible 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 (included in your ticket price)
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 variety of fruit and ornamental trees and hundreds of plants for your garden

Food Fair & Crafts

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.


Entertainment

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.

Event line up to be announced soon.


Plan Your Visit

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. Please check the Translink website for up-to-date bus schedules.
A bike valet will be available at the main entrance.

Event Entrances

Apple Festival entrance map

This year we will have three event entrances. A) One at 6804 SW Marine Drive (the Garden’s main entrance and where our shuttle bus stop is located), B one on Stadium Road across from the St. John Hospice near the intersection with West Mall and C, the third entrance on 16th avenue between SW Marine Drive and East Mall for foot traffic.


Volunteer

Join us in our 31st year of celebrating the apple! Events like Apple Festival wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers. Help with selling apples and trees, apple cider, apple pie; the apple display, music and more. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s festival, visit our registration form.