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Salt Spring Island accommodation and travel links for the Saturday Market
Apple Festival
Spindrift Oceanfront Cottages 
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The perfect adult nature sanctuary for Apple Festival week-end. Six cottages on six acres of natural preserved oceanfront and the island's only white sand beaches. Wildlife appreciation and privacy are encouraged in this unique setting.
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Cusheon Lake Resort
Cusheon Lake Resort on Salt Spring Island
Your admission to Apple Festival is free when staying at our  modern waterfront log and cedar cabins! BBQs, outdoor hot tub and fireplaces for year-round getaways. Sandy children's beach, rowboats, fishing.
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Natural food lovers like YOU!

An apple tasting extravaganza of the best selection, tastiest and most wholesome apples anywhere! 

Sunday September 29, 2013 9am-5pm.

Participants choose to visit those orchards that interest them, based on a map showing locations & descriptions of each.

Suggested starting location is Fulford Hall at Salt Spring's south end.
Because Salt Spring has a fascinating apple-growing heritage, is the home of a new apple Organic Apple Coop, and is the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada.

$10 each, students $5,  kids under 12, free.

Tickets available ONLY on Festival day at Fulford hall and outside the Ganges tourist info centre. 

Admission includes a map of Salt Spring showing locations of host farms descriptions of each.  Participants choose locations they wish to visit and will be challenged to see everything within the hours of between 9-5. 


Sunday September 29, 2013
14th annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival

So many apples, so little time, but take time to taste the apples along the way! 


Plan for festival 2013 by viewing more than 1000 photos of past festivals on the new Salt Spring Apple Festival blog. In 2011 seven photographers captured this great little event, each in their own way, and collectively they documented the apple festival in a very powerful way. 

 More apple Festival highlights

Display of HUNDREDS of apples all grown organically on Salt Spring Island

Tasting of more than 100 apple varieties at just one farm (Apple Luscious). Most others had tasting of their own varieties    

At least 12 labeled varieties of apple pies baked by the Pie Ladies

Theatrical performances by Johnny Appleseed, Theodore Trage, the Queen and Captain Apple

A rich history of apples going back to 1860

Educational information on organic apple growing

Apple identification services

Orchard bee and honey bee experts available

Apple art by local artists

Salt Springers are very proud of their apples and the incredible collections we amass at Fulford Hall for every Apple Festival is a sight to take your breath away. The scent of apples when you enter the room will take your soul on a journey. Last year, we had 262 varieties all grown organically on Salt Spring Island, all arranged alphabetically and all having detailed labels. 

The task of setting up the collection is performed the night before by a team of about 30 island volunteers, ranging in age from children to senior citizens, who consider this one of the highlights of their year. 

They love their apples and they are delighted to show island visitors our apple diversity. Note that at Apple Festival 2006, there were 296 varieties, but with a very cold, wet spring in 2007, some varieties did not produce a crop. We are hoping in 2008 to break the 300 variety barrier for the first time.

This festival is farm based, connecting you to the organic farmers on Salt Spring. They are your best guarantee of food quality and good health. 

Proceeds go to:

 - development of a juicing facility on Salt Spring

- annual $500 bursary given to someone on Salt Spring, to support practical
   learning in the field of organic agriculture.

- supporting the education of a third world child

- Up to $100 going towards thanking in the best possible manner, a local who has made Salt Spring a better place to live.

See past festival highlights >

Want more?

click to enlarge photos of previous festivals

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photos by Ron Watts

Salt Spring Island
among the first area in BC to grow apples (1860)
now grows over 350 varieties organic apples
home to the Salt Spring Island Organic Apple Coop
is the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada


Get involved in this festival! 
Contact Harry Burton 
at 250 653-2007 or by email

photo 2010 Jan Mangan


Fascinating report about Salt Spring Apples by reporter Peter Prince (note dates are for last year's festival!)

Apple Festival Time Lapse (lotsa fun!)

SaltSpring apple videos on Youtube >

Salt Spring Island Apple Festival information 2011
Salt Spring Apple Festival 2011
photos above by Jan Mangan

Salt Spring Island Organic Apple Festival

A trio of Apple Luscious Organic Orchard Taste Testers. Children tend to be very honest when tasting, and so always provide valuable information. These young girls like sweet apples, their favourite in 2009 being TSUGARU. (Jan Magan photo)

Organic Apple Festival on Salt Spring Island

(May Henderson photo)

click to enlarge Fulford Hall during the Salt Spring Island apple festival

Salt Spring Apple Festival 2006

photo by Ron Watts



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