Apple Courtyard in the Heartland Harvest Garden


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. 


The Menu

Featuring produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation's largest edible landscape

Hors d'Oeuvres

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 

Main Course 

Roast Pig 

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 

Reserve Your Seat

The 2016 Wassailing Celebration & Winter Feast is sold out. We will have many more culinary events coming up in 2016. Watch our culinary adventures page for details.  


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