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UBC Apple Festival returns October 19-20, 2019

Grimes Golden
A bag of Grimes Golden apples at the UBC Apple Festival.

Take a bite into fall with the UBC Apple Festival this October! On Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019, between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm PDT, you can sink your teeth into everything apple related at the UBC Botanical Gardens on the west side of the university campus.

Some 40 types of new and heritage BC-grown apples are lined up, along with pears, and individual apple trees for purchase. A list cultivars for this year is available online, including Arlet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Melrose, Nicola, Salish (a personal favourite), Topaz and Winesap.

Admission is $5 (cash only), or free for those aged 12 and under, which gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between the Botanical Gardens and the West Parkade and the Fraser River Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Dress accordingly for the weather and remember your reusable bags and boxes.

Apple Festival returns to the UBC Botanical Gardens October 2015

Salish Apples
Bags of Salish apples for sale at the Apple Festival.

If you love apples (the edible kind, not the technology company), then the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Gardens is for you. Between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, you can purchase bags of the crisp fruit, trees, and other apple-related treats.

But these aren’t just your regular Granny Smiths. Over 70 different varieties will be available, with some in limited quantities. While a list of cultivars for this year won’t be posted until October, some of the ones served up last year included Ambrosia, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Grimes Golden, and Salish.

There will be a tasting tent to sample an array of some 60 different apples; there’s a separate $5.00 admission to enter. Other free events include educational demonstrations, a food and craft fair, live music and children-friendly activities.

Admission is $4, or free for those aged 12 and under, and gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but there will be shuttle buses running to and from the West Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Apple Festival returns October 2014

Salish apples
Salish apples

Apple lovers, mark your calendars! The crisp fruit is the star of the Apple Festival which takes over the UBC Botanical Garden Saturday the weekend of October 18th – 19th, 2014.

Not only will you find classics, like Fuji, Grimes Golden and Granny Smith, but new names like Ambrosia and Salish. In addition to individual apples, tree cultivars will also be available for purchase so you can grow some at home. Of course, other apple related treats will be available for purchase — juices, ciders, pastries, and so much more. There will also be an Apple Tasting Tent to sample a variety of cultivars. It’s an apple-lover’s paradise!

The Apple Festival runs from 11:00 am PDT to 4:00 pm PDT on Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $4 (cash only) and free for children under 12. Parking is not available at the UBC Botanical Gardens, but further in the UBC campus with shuttle buses running between the gardens and parkades. For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Northwest Fan Fest 2014 photos

Northwest Fan Fest merges three conventions (Anime Evolution, Cos & Effect and Vancouver Gaming Expo) into one convenient (well, not really) location. After its inaugural weekend, it’s now time to enjoy all the costumes that overtook the Student Union Building out at the University of British Columbia. Many of the pictures include some private photoshoots, the Disney photoshoot on Saturday and the Final Fantasy photoshoot on Sunday. If you weren’t able to attend, the entire weekend is on Gallery.


Eduard Khil a.k.a Trolololo guy Disney warrior princesses Frozen!
Cloud and Tifa share a moment Sabin does not like Cloud Len and Rin Kagamine

British Columbia Anime Conventions for 2014

Stay cool with Naruto at Anime Evolution 2013
Stay cool with Naruto at Anime Evolution 2013

With 2014 comes a new year of places to celebrate your love for your favourite anime and manga. Grab your costumes and friends for a weekend of fun at four events in southern British Columbia!

  • Tsukino-Con – February 14th – 16th, 2014 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con is a family-friendly event aimed at promoting anime, manga and Japanese culture to not only fans on Vancouver Island, but from the rest of the province as well.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – April 18th – 20th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver has expanded to three days for 2014 and brings fans of anime, manga, comics and other pop culture all under one roof in downtown Vancouver.
  • NorthWest Fan Fest – June 27th – 29th, 2014 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC
    Anime Evolution, Cos & Effect and the Vancouver Gaming Expo have teamed up to create a new convention by bringing three events into one this summer.
  • AniRevo – August 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    While still young, AniRevo has grown by leaps and bounds to bring fans of Japanese pop culture what they crave the most.


Anime Evolution 2013

It’s summer and that means: Anime Evolution! Returning to celebrate ten years of anime in Vancouver, Anime Evolution once again took over the Student Union Building (SUB) and Student Recreation Centre (SRC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). For three days during the Canada Day long weekend (June 28th-30th, 2013), fans could immerse themselves in cosplay, manga, merchandise and fun. Continue reading Anime Evolution 2013

Anime Evolution 2013 preview

Follow the Akatsuki to Anime Evolution!
Follow the Akatsuki to Anime Evolution!

Celebrating ten years of anime conventions in Vancouver, Anime Evolution is returning for its first three-day weekend event. Last year saw the convention only for Saturday and Sunday in early November back at Simon Fraser University.

This year, Anime Evolution is back with an all-star guest line up. Voice actors including Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist and Durarara), Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto, Code Geass and Tiger & Bunny), Tara Platt (Naruto, Tiger & Bunny and Fate/Stay Night), Jād Saxton (Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Ghost Hunt and Baccano!) and Lee Tockar (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Beast Wars and X-Men). Of course, there’s also Yaya Han, an acclaimed costume designer and everybody’s favourite parody group, Team Fourstar.

Anime Evolution runs the Canada Day long weekend from Friday, June 28th until Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at the University of British Columbia’s Student Union Building and Student Recreation Centre. Online registration has ended, but passes can be purchased onsite during the weekend.

Replacing Anime Evolution

With the absence of Anime Evolution this August, there is a void in the community that needs to be filled. There is some solace as a few groups are working hard to make sure all of the anime fans (cosplayers too!) are taken care of this summer with two upcoming events: The Summer Festival and Cos & Effect. While these two aren’t full fledged conventions like the fallen Anime Evolution, they should be enough to keep everyone engaged until a suitable replacement is organized.

The Summer Festival is being held at the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University. Presented by the university’s Altered Reality Club, the Summer Festival is an afternoon of games, cosplay, food and contests. The event is free, beginning at 2:00 pm in SFU’s Convocation Mall on Saturday, July 16th, 2011.

Cos & Effect is a two day party for those who love wearing and/or making costumes from different fandoms; not just anime. There will be a multitude of events, panels, contests, vendors, artists and more! Cos & Effect takes place over the weekend of August 13th and 14th, 2011 in the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia. Tickets are $20 CAD online or $28 CAD at the door.

Anime Evolution 2010

Another year, another Anime Evolution. Costumed fans of anime and manga gathered around the core of the University of British Columbia during a sweltering summer weekend. There was lots to see and do, along with plenty of awesome costumes, but the convention wasn’t as great as anticipated. Continue reading Anime Evolution 2010