Here We Come A-Wassailing!
Join us at 5 p.m. on January 16, 2016, 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. Prepaid reservations are required ($45 per person): purchase to the right or call Linda at 816-697-2600 x209.
Featuring produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation's largest edible landscape
Traditional Russian Chicken and Fruit Sausage
Old World Pork and Apple Sage Sausage
Handcrafted Country Style Beer Mustard
Smoked Red Pepper Bisque with Green Kale Pesto, Caramelized Shallots and Crème Fraîche
Served with Freshly Baked Artisan Bread, donated by Ibis Bakery in Lenexa, Kansas
Slow-Roasted Fall Harvest Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Beets
Great Grains Medley with Sweet Potato, Cranberry and Winter Squash
Assorted Krauts: Kohlrabi, Traditional Lithuanian, Shivakraut
Heartland Harvest Garden Specialty Jams: Spicy Quince Jam and Tomato Jam
Pickled Okra, Jerusalem Artichokes and Green Beans
Spearmint and Caramel Swirled Cheesecake with Garden Quince Sauce