UBC fruity festival to celebrate the world of apples

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      Say, how do you like them apples?

      Well, if you really like them a lot, there's an event this weekend that's just for you.

      From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (October 13 and 14), the 27th edition of the UBC Apple Festival, organized by Friends of the Garden, will celebrate one of the province's most ubiquitous fruits, with all proceeds going to the UBC Botanical Garden (6804 Southwest Marine Drive).

      Admission is $5 (children under 12 years old are free) and includes admission to the UBC Botanical Garden.

      Among the most popular attractions are tasting sessions, which run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., that, for $5, attendees can try out up to 60 new and heritage B.C.–grown apples.

      Apple varieties and trees (including crabapple and cider trees) will also be available for sale.

      Some other fruits will also be available, including about 1600 pounds of pears (with up to nine varieties) and around 25 pounds of quince.

      There'll also be other food items, including apple pie, hot chocolate, pizza, cookies, popcorn, chocolate, and more, as well artisan products, ranging from pottery to soap.

      The event will also include grafting and cider-pressing demonstrations, apple identification (attendees can bring up six apples from unidentified trees for experts to examine), advice from master gardeners about apple- or fruit-tree-related diseases or pest management, and pollination.   

      Children's activities will include face painting, games, and storytelling, as well as a full lineup of family-friendly shows and opportunities to learn about biodiversity, the environment, bees, and more.

      A word of advice: some apple varieties sell out fast so early arrival is recommended.

      For full details, visit the webpage for the event.

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