Here We Come A-Wassailing!
Join us on January 17, 2015, as we wassail the orchards of the Heartland Harvest Garden. Wassail, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon greeting “wes hal” means “be of good health” and is perhaps best known as a wintertime drink of hard cider or ale and spices.
But the tradition of “wassailing” to encourage a productive apple harvest dates back at least to the 1500s. Learn a bit more about this tradition as we sing to the health of the apple trees, scare away the evil spirits and imbibe some “ole recipe wassail” — all with a goal of ensuring a more productive harvest.
The evening starts with a brief explanation of wassailing, followed by a parade out to the Apple Spiral in the Heartland Harvest Garden to wassail the trees. After the outdoor festivities, we will return to the warmth of the roaring fireplaces in the Grand Hall for a country dinner featuring Heartland Harvest Garden produce and traditional wassail.