The apple takes main stage and was found in many forms from the healthy variety to the more exotic apple dumplings (delicious by the way!), candy coated, caramel coated, wrapped in pastry and “muffined” up. Potential pie customers who decided that they didn’t want to carry around an apple pie amidst the throngs of people, pets and baby carriages, were out of luck finding one after 12:30! I’ll know next year to ask one of the many accomodating vendors to “hold” one for me as my friend Janet and I went home “pieless”. We did not, however, leave hungry! The music was enjoyable, the vendors from a variety of businesses, local churches, sports teams and countless food booths were set up along King Street which was closed for the event. The midway rides, live elephant rides, fish ponds and a jumping castle provided lots of opportunities for the kids. We saw many painted faces…as well as some young teens that were taking turns being “dunked” if the cold water below to raise money for their sports group. How brave they were sitting there in their wet bathing suits shivering in the Fall sunshine.
Bowmanville is a small town that still maintains that flavour. There are many great shops and restaurants which deserve visits throughout the year, not just for Apple Fest. Mark it on your calendar for the future. Bowmanville is about 45 minutes east of Toronto. See the photos featured above for a glimpse of the festival.