It’s a little-known fact that Salt Spring Island bustles with activity throughout the fall months. Indeed, the quieter days and cooler nights make for more relaxing getaways while a lineup of local activities ensures there is always something fun to do. Not only that, it’s harvest season for the myriad of organic farms which means delicious produce in abundance, available at both the Saturday and Tuesday markets (and served in our own dining rooms!) through to the end of October. Need another reason to plan an autumn escape? Here are some of our favourites:
The Salt Spring Island Fall Fair
Celebrating our farming heritage, the Fall Fair is the oldest community event on the island and it gets better every year. Held on the Farming Institute grounds, locals and visitors alike watch demonstrations, participate in races and competitions, and visit hundreds of displays while enjoying entertainment and of course, great food! This year’s highlights include, zucchini races, sheep dog demonstrations, the tractor pull, a pet parade, and so much more. Join the homegrown fun on September 14 – 15 to celebrate this year’s theme: Crops and Crafts of Every Colour.
The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival
Another heritage event, the 20th annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival connects apple lovers with the farms and farmers that produce this delicious, healthy fruit. Our humble little island was among the first regions to supply Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with apples, dating all the way back to the 1860s. Now, we grow over 500 varieties organically! On September 29, taste the different varieties, visit orchards, attend tours, and become an island apple connoisseur!
In Canada, Thanksgiving celebrates the season’s bountiful harvest and what better place to give thanks than amongst the many organic farms and orchards of Salt Spring Island, including our own! Gather your family and escape for some quality quiet time and, of course, culinary indulgence. Think Salt Spring’s famous lamb, juicy squashes and pumpkin, and local apples made into sweet cider and delicious pies, all grown right here. This year, the Thanksgiving long weekend will be October 12-14, book your table early for Thanksgiving dinner in the Manor Dining Room.
With performances selected to enhance and diversify Salt Spring’s vibrant arts community, you’ll never leave Artspring disappointed. This fall’s program boasts a range of musical shows which include, a thematic rock concert, the Vetta String Quartet, and the Met Opera. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person and range from $15-25.
Sip and Savour
Perhaps our favourite fall event, the 8th annual Sip and Savour gives you a chance to enjoy the wide range of food and drink that Salt Spring and the surrounding areas have to offer. Hosted at the iconic Farmers’ Institute, you’ll find breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries along with farmers, chefs, restaurants, caterers and other food producers all showcasing their finest creations. Picture a barn party combined with a wine tasting. With over 40 food and drink producers, unlimited tastings, plus live music and a silent auction, it’s guaranteed to be a fabulous time! Happening October 19th, purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.