Coun. Larry Tremblay takes a bite of a gigantic wolf river apple in a Metchosin orchard. The Metchosin Apple Festival is Oct. 6.

Metchosin double stuffs fruity weekend with events

Blackberries take centre stage Saturday with all things apples celebrated Sunday in Metchosin

Get double the fruit this weekend in Metchosin.

Celebrate the deep rich blackberries at the Blackberry Festival at St. Mary of the Incarnation Church. The popular frozen unbaked pies made with Mechosin-picked berries and Royal Bay Bakery pastry dough will be up for sale.

“Last year we sold out in one hour,” said Shirley Sitemen, rector’s warden of the church.

Preserves and baking will also be on sale along with blackberry and other teas plus coffee and blackberry scones with whipped cream.

The Blackberry Festival runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4125 Metchosin Rd.

On Sunday the Metchosin Apple Festival takes root on the municipal grounds and Metchosin Community House.

There will be an apple identification booth where people can bring samples of their apples and learn the variety.

“Bring three apples in a paper bag so we can write on it,” said Dan O’Connell, volunteer co-ordinator of the festival.

The event includes demonstrations on how to make apple cider, fruit leather and apple sauce as well as workshops throughout the day.

Apples, trees and baked goods will all be for sale. Make-your-own apple crumble will also be an option. Children’s activities include face painting and apple stamping. The Apple Festival is Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4450 Happy Valley Rd.