The Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival was founded by the Wellesley Board of Trade in 1976. The festival was formed with the hopes of bringing recognition to the Township of Wellesley and its major businesses and exports including A.W. Jantzi & Sons Ltd. (Wellesley Brand Apple Products) and the J.M. Schneider Cheese Factory. Today the festival has grown to be a highlight event in Waterloo Region that attracts thousands. Local volunteers, clubs, organizations and churches come together on the last Saturday of September each year to execute this festival, which is full of delicious food and family fun.
There is something to satisfy every taste bud with the wide variety of foods available for sample and purchase including the Lions Club’s sausage on a bun, schnitzel made by the Optimists, and fresh apple fritters sold by local churches. If that doesn’t sound tempting enough, a smorgasbord (buffet) dinner is served featuring homemade pigtails, spareribs, roast beef, and sauerkraut.
Although Wellesley is known for its apple butter and cheese, there is much more to offer. Explore the township and admire the sights, markets, attractions and entertainment; take advantage of the free tours to specialty farms, watch or compete in the Horseshoe tournament, and take in the ongoing street entertainment by local artists. Visit the vendors’ market and participate in craft demonstrations including quilting, soap making, bonsai tree making, and apple crafts.
All proceeds collected at this one-day festival are sent back into the community and are used for major improvement projects. Proceeds from past festivals have been used for community renovations and improvements, and for the purchase and construction of an arena, an accessible playground, and sports fields upgrades.
Support the township and experience the finest food, attractions and community first hand at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival!