I recently attended a reception promoting Apples that are grown in British Columbia, sampling many varieties of apples to start including Ambrosia, Gala, Fuji, Spartan and more.

Winter squash soup with Spartan apples and maple dijon cream, blue cheese crostini

The reception was held in the wine room at Blue Water Café in Vancouver where Chef Frank Pabst created an apple menu for the evening tasting. My favourites were the — Winter squash soup with Spartan apples and maple dijon cream, blue cheese crostini.

Bar manager Keith Trusel

Bar manager Keith Trusel was shaking up some custom cocktails including an Ambrosia Cocktail which I had as well.

Two sophisticated apple cocktails featuring Granny Smiths and Ambrosias will be made to order, along with some lovely BC wines.

Since 1936, they have been marketing B.C. fruit on behalf of the 800 growers and their families that make up our co-op,” said Adrian Abbott, Director of Marketing & Industry Relations at B.C. Tree Fruits. “The new look of the B.C. Tree Fruits brand truly reflects this history, the premium nature of our apples compared to others in the marketplace, and the values of our company.”

In addition to being one of the largest apple shippers in North America, B.C. Tree Fruits markets many other fresh tree fruits including pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, prune plums and nectarines. The organization also markets and distributes other B.C.-grown fruit including table grapes and blueberries.

Learn more about BC Tree Fruits here.

By: Richard Wolak