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Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Fair

August 12-13, 2023 - 50th Anniversary!

Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road
Sebastopol, CA
$23 general, $150 VIP, gravensteinapplefair.com

2023 Entertainment

Saturday lineup: Hubbub Club, Wild Catahoulas, Erica Ambrin and The Eclectic Soul Project, Dan Imhoff Band, The Crux, La Agencia, Rainbow Girls, The Sam Chase and The Untraditional

Sunday lineup: Love Choir, Wreckless Strangers, Eki'Shola & E. Doc Smith, SambaDa, SoloRio & Matt Szemela, Royal Jelly Jive, Poor Manís Whiskey 

Sonoma County celebrates the best of local chefs, farmers, artists, entertainers, with something for everyone:
Live Music on 2 Stages
Sonoma County's Best Food Vendors
Local wine, craft cider and microbrews

 2023 Events at the Gravenstein Apple Fair include:

Living with Llamas, Keeping Chickens for Beginners, Sack Races, Caramel Apple Eating Contest, Apple Juggling Contests, Beekeeping Basics, Cow Milking Demo Apple Pie Eating Contests, Egg & Spoon Race, Apple Pie Baking Contest Winner Announced, Piglet Race, Cidermaking, Sheep & Goat Shearing Demo, Tractor Pedal Pull, Goat Milking Demo Sack Races, Butter Making, DIY Mushroom Growing, Farmer Panel: Future of Farming, Watermelon Toss, Apple Juggling Contests, Caramel Apple Eating Contest, Pickling and Fermentation, Egg & Spoon Race, Bouquet Making, Piglet Race, Hand Spinning and Weaving, Hay Bale Toss, Sheep & Goat Shearing Demo, Ugly Produce Beauty Pageant

Sebastopol celebrates its remaining Gravenstein apple crops with two festivals annually, the springtime Apple Blossom Festival and the summer Gravenstein Apple Fair.

Apple lovers from far and wide gather in Sebastopol, the Gravenstein Apple Capital of the World, to celebrate the crop with Gravenstein Apple Fair

The Annual Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned fun with live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests and quality, local food, craft beer, cider, & wine. Children's Corner, Chef's Tent, Artisan Tasting Lounge, Do-It-Yourself Arena, and Life on the Farm are a few of the attractions to explore. Sebastopol's famous heirloom Gravenstein apples are celebrated as an exceptional fruit in pie. Buy apple pie and take apples home to enjoy after the festival is over.

Contests include apple peeling, apple juggling, candy apple eating, apple pie eating and apple pie baking contests, to name a few.

Pie Eating Contest for Kids & Adults, Separately | Apple Pie Baking Contest Winner Announcement | Caramel Apple Eating Contest for Kids & | Apple Juggling Contest for Kids & Adults

Two days of exceptional musical talents on several stages and apples galore make this one of the healthiest festivals of the year in California.

The Gravenstein, often called the apple with personality, is red and green together, crisp, juicy, with both sweetness and tart acid accents. This finicky apple ripens early, grows close to the branch with short stems that make them harder to pick, and the thin skins mean they don't store or ship well.

The Gravenstein apple is ideal for applesauce, apple pie, salads, and plates that include cheese and wine. Drive along the Gravenstein Highway to arrive at the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair and you'll pass by dozens of farms, many with roadside stands. Only 960 acres of apples from a high of 8,000 acres and half dozen growers remain in the area.

GRAVENSTEIN APPLE FARMS

  • Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch appleadayranch.com
  • Cavaliereís Baker desserts made from scratch  include apple spice cake slices and Gravenstein Mile High apple pie topped with fresh Clover whipped cream
  • Dutton Ranch  duttonranch.com Organic Gravenstein apples
  • Farm Trails Fritters farmtrails.org  Proceeds support Sonoma County Farm Trails
  • Kozlowski Family Pies costeaux.com  organic Gravenstein apple pies
  • Lauraís Apples LaurasApples.net  Gravenstein apple butter, Gravenstein cider vinegar, cold-pressed organic Gravenstein juice and freshly harvested organic Gravenstein apples
  • Little Apple Treats  littleappletreats.com apple cider caramels, apple cider vinegar, cider vinegar shrugs, apple granola and dried fruit
    Meyer Farming  Gravenstein apples and local apple blossom honey
  • Mom's Apple Pie momsapplepieusa.com  with organic, local fruit & orchard grown Gravenstein apples
  • North Coast Organic northcoast.organic Organic apple juice and sauce
  • Slow Food Russian River slowfoodrr.org  volunteers make  fresh apple juice to sample

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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