Ruthven Apple Festival

Join the Fun of the Ruthven Apple Festival Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th, 2016

September in Essex County isn’t complete without the Ruthven Apple Festival!

Voted as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Festival Events Ontario – it is a community event for the entire family, filled with fun, food, craft and entertainment that has occurred over 35 years.

2014 Apple Festival MascottCovering two days, the festival is hosted at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven. There is always something for everyone of every interest and every age, including an incredible car show, rides, and over 100 craft and vendor booths. The festival also boasts its popular Farmers Market filled with all of the bounty of Essex County.

Thanks to the support of the local community, the festival has raised over $860,000 to date for Community Living Essex County in support of people with an intellectual disability. Proceeds generated go towards the purchase and maintenance of wheel chair accessible vans so everyone has the opportunity to fully enjoy their community. In 2014 the Apple Festival Committee unveiled a new car window sticker that identifies the accessible van driving with it as a van providing joy to those who rely on it.

2014 Apple Festival StageAdmission and parking are both free to all who wish to attend the festival.

The event often calls for a great number of volunteers, should you be interested please fill out the volunteer application form by clicking here indicating your interest in the Apple Festival specifically.

There are a variety of sponsorships opportunities associated with the Ruthven apple festival. To discuss these different opportunities, feel free to get involved by contacting Tony DeSantis, Manager of Community Relations and Resource Development at 519-776-6483 ext 246 or by email at


Festival Location


2016 Schedule of Events (PDF)

2016 Entertainment Schedule (PDF)

Application Forms




Photos from Past Years

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