One sure sign of fall is the appearance of fresh, local apples at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Yes, we love our summer berries, but there’s something nostalgic about the flavour of a tangy, crisp apple. To celebrate the season, head out to an apple farm, apple festival or simply dig into a warm apple pie.
Local apple U-picks, festivals and pies!
Taves Applebarn in Abbotsford is well worth the drive. Known for its pumpkin patch, it’s like a day in country with a corn maze, hay and pony rides, a bunnytown, petting zoo, apple picking, jumping pillow, playground, zip line and more. Their Apple U-pick currently has Fujis and Jonagolds available for picking and more varieties in-store. Their exquisite apple cider is made from tree-ripened local apples and pressed into delicious (and nutritions) 100% natural, unfiltered juice.
333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford
UBC Apple Festival
October 13 & 14, 2018, Vancouver
An epic family apple event, the UBC Apple Festival is VERY popular for good reason. It has everything you can imagine including over 60 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” apples, as well as 50 varieties of apple trees for sale. There’s a children’s area with face painting, games and storytelling where kids can actually learn things too – about biodiversity, the environment, bees and other pollinators. As for food, there’s cider and pie and apple tasting tables as well. Fun fact: Last year, around 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilos) of apples were sold to thousands of hungry, apple-crazed attendees.
Ice cream season may be coming to a close but apple pie a la mode is always in season especially when the apples are fresh and local. Hit up one of Vancouver’s top pie shops for a flakey bite of heaven.