When I say apples, you may think of the fall season. This mentality should change. Apples, depending on the variety, are now available almost year round – from September/October to somewhere between March and June. In fact, BC Tree Fruits, the largest apple producer of local apples in Western BC, is celebrating Apple Month in February!
Last week we were invited to the Apple Month launch event at the V Lounge @ Earls Yaletown. We were treated to a menu of apple-inspired food & beverage items. Most of them used granny smith (green) apples, but the various combinations were tasty. I especially enjoyed the Apple Collins Cocktail (super refreshing and you really can’t tell there’s liquor in it!), Duck Confit and Apple Chutney (I usually associate apple with chicken, but duck works just as well), and my utmost favourite – Apple Pie on a Stick (I’m totally stealing this idea for future potluck parties!).
Turns out V Lounge offers interactive activities for parties and such. At this event guests were invited to go behind the bar and be a mixologist for the evening. Our beloved, local food blogger celebrity Mijune from Follow me Foodie gave it a shot and made an Autumn Apple Martini.
At the end of the event, we each took home an Apple Pie-in-a-Jar – the apple adaptation of Mijune’s famous Canadian Pie-in-a-Jar, as appeared on Food Network Canada’s Recipe to Riches. It’s a very complex dessert and has packed a lot of flavours in them. If you want to taste it yourself, she is hosting a sampling event this Saturday at the Salty Tongue Cafe.
Lastly, BC Tree Fruits is holding a contest in celebration of the Apple Month, called “Artful Apple”. Everyone is invited to decorate any BC Tree Fruits apples and upload the pictures to the contest website. Winner will be chosen by public voting. More details can be found at www.artfulapple.com.
You know the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Now there’s just no excuse for you to not have an apple everyday! ;)
Here is some more pictures from the launch event: