Bayview Leaside celebrates the first October Apple Fest

Picture of John Tory and Patrick Rocca shaking hands at apple fest
Mayor John Tory and local realtor Patrick Rocca come out to Bayview to celebrate October Apple Fest.

Crisp, crunchy, delicious!

The first ever October Apple Fest, organized by the Bayview Leaside BIA, celebrated everything apple at a two-day applethon celebrating Leaside’s rich apple history. From the Lea family farms of Leaside to the Lawrence family farms in the west, Leaside is rich in apple history and proud to celebrate it.

At the recent event, visitors and locals alike enjoyed sweet treats, live music and special décor by the Bayview Pixies. Buskers entertained with violins, banjos and accordions – and a few Leasiders stopped by to sing along.

There was also a special visit from (reputed apple lover) Mayor John Tory, who had a chance to walk along Bayview Leaside, meet business owners and residents, and perhaps compare Toronto’s apples and oranges.

Picture of Street performers on Bayview
Street performers on Bayview

Many BIA members got creative. Cavatina Violin Studio featured a live duet, and The Smokin’ Cigar Inc. hosted a violin performance. Horticultural Design displayed its finest apple table decorations. For a special snack, Badali’s sampled apple soup, LIP Espresso Bar served free apple cider, Original’s Ale House concocted apple martinis, and Refuel Juice Bar showcased its finest cold pressed apple juice.

That’s not all! There was also a tempting taster of samples including appletree smoked cheddar at Alex Farm, Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic Vinegar at Olive Oil Emporium, apple treats for dogs at the Leaside Animal Clinic, and apple spread at Dolce & Gourmando.

A free kids crafts and Lego drop-off event at Bamboo Bay saw young apple lovers create apple masterpieces.

This event would not have been possible without the hard work of the Bayview Leaside BIA board members, the creative efforts of Debora Kuchme and the Bayview Pixies, as well as the continued support of Councillor Matlow and Councillor Burnside.

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