Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival

28 Sep

Wellesley's famous apple butter.

Every fall the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival celebrates the beautiful and bountiful apple harvest.  This is a one day festival held on the last saturday of September in the small town of Wellesley, Ontario, Canada.

Cortland apples, $4 for 4 quarts.

The belle of the ball is the apple butter which is a jam-like condiment that can be eaten with bread, toast or even pork chops. Prices for the apple butter range from $2.50 to $5.00 depending on the jar size. There is also apple fritters, hot or cold apple cider, apple syrup, pumpkin apple butter, caramel apples and fresh picked apples all for sale. A tour of the apple factory, where many of the apple products are made, is also available.

Local Ontario garlic.

Homemade ice cream with chocolate syrup, $4.

Other products for sale include local garlic, pies, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, funnel cake, jumbo roasted turkey legs, freshly squeezed lemonade, pretzels, cheese (but not as much as one would expect considering cheese is part of the festival name) and cured sausages.  For early risers, there is a popular pancake breakfast that starts at 7AM.

Kettle corn, $4 for one bag.

Logs of cured sausage.

Aside from food products, there are also vendors selling quilts, jewelry, candles, hyena tattoos, winter accessories, crafts and more. Horse-drawn carriage and tractor rides are also available.  There is also a small outdoor stage where local musicians perform.

A brimming basket of apples.

I love that this festival is built around apples.  The festival truly highlights the versatility and importance of this ordinary but amazing fruit.

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