-by Phoebe Dunbar
Why not celebrate fall in Sooke at the annual Apple Festival, a community gathering event that couples as a fundraiser? It happens at the Sunriver Community Gardens. Tastebuds tingle, people mingle, and, unbenownst to children who attend, there’s also accidental learning.
- When: Sunday, September 27 from 10 – 3 pm
- Where: Sunriver Community Gardens, 2380 Phillips Road
- Who: Children of all ages, from zero to 100 and beyond
- Admission: By donation
Apple festivals are held in many communities every year throughout North America and elsewhere. They are known to be both fun and informative. Sooke FOOD CHI held its first apple fest last year. Hundreds attended and they gave Sooke FOOD CHI encouraging feedback.
Do it again, have more food, more music and more more apples and pies.
This year’s Apple Festival starts at 10 a.m., beginning with a food art exhibition supported by Sooke’s Community Arts Council. There will be close to 15 different food vendors, natural health products, some of which will be created from the herbs and healing plants grown at this unique community garden. A special eating are will be set up by the orchard’s pond for our guests to enjoy some mingling and tasting of good local foods.
Sooke’s Food CHI Ap Fest event organizer, Phoebe Dunbar, said it’s important to arrive HUNGRY. See the mouth-watering list of food vendors in the Details below!
Is it different than last year’s?
YES. It’s more apples, more food, more music, more kids’ games and hopefully more food art for the food art exhibition! Check out our web site for more info on the apple fest and the Food Art exhibition.
This year we offer more useful information about apples: apple identification, advice how to buy the right tree for our climate and soils, and type of apple desired; apple tasting, culinary tasting – what apples go best with what cheeses. We will have apples for sale, and apple trees too. There will be apple orchard tours at the site. Apple cider and apple pies. Maybe even apple carving.
The Apple Shack: The Apple Shack is also the Apple Learning Centre. It was built in the summer of 2013, and at the Fest it will have displays and lots of good information about apples, the Sunriver community orchard and guests from BC’s Fruit Tree Testing organization.
Fundraiser: The Apple Festival is a Sooke Food CHI fundraiser for the community orchard. Next year we will have to do more to protect this young productive orchard from racoons and bears. Some of the funds raised will go to a solar powered electric fence, while other dollars will be put into a special orchard fund for future tree purchases and maintenance.
Pie auction and sales: AT 1:30 there will be a very lively pie auction. And throughout the day there will be pie sales. Food Chi can accept cash or cheques, but no plastic, or IOU’s. What better time to get some pies into your freezer for THANKSGIVING. Home baked pies, delicious local fruits and handpicked sun ripe wild berries.
Live Entertainment: Check out Sooke Food CHI’s web site after September 20 to see the confirmed listing of food vendors and names of musicians who will be present to entertain you.
- Sooke Harbour House who will do up sorbets for tasting, made from locally harvested wild mountain berries picked by Maywell Wickheim;
- Wild Mountain Restaurant known for its slow foods sourced and prepared by Oliver and Brooke;
- Natures’ Chef Tom Kral who prepares delicious local tastes you may never have tried before;
- Ginger Brothers burritos who fed the crowds at Sooke Region Museum’s Thursday night market this summer;
- Kim’s handcrafted homemade candy apples;
- Sheila Wallace’s home baked scones, deserts, granola “everything” using apples as much as possible;
- Maureen’s Artisan Bakery – all things apple and delicious;
- The STICK coffees and unique refreshing drinks;
- Scot’s wild salmon burgers;
- JD Sunshine jams, jellies and apple vinegars and more,
- French Beach Market’s new food truck!
Fortune Tellers: Our apple fortune tellers are back too by popular demand! The wonderful Apple sisters, Lily and Rosey, who entertained so many, in the apple shack last September! Fortunes by donation.
Parking: There will be parking on Phillips Rd and across from the gardens at Cast Iron Farm and Shambrooks gravel clearing below the farm, an easy less than 5 minute walk away from the festival site.
Event sponsors and supporters:
- Sooke Community Arts Council
- Frederique Phillips,
- BC Hydro,
- Sooke Food CHI volunteers,
- Reliable Controls,
- Reber Creative,
- SYSCO foods,
- Western Foods,
- Cast Iron Farm,
- our food and product vendors, and
- the musicians and artists who participate in the FOOD Art exhibition.
See you there!!