Apple Courtyard in the Heartland Harvest Garden

Wassailing the Apple Trees and Dinner at Powell Gardens

Here We Come A-Wassailing! (sold out)

Join us in January as we wassail the orchards of the Heartland Harvest Garden. (We will announce the 2015 date soon.) 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. 


The 2014 Menu 

planned by Chef Ken Knight 

Sweet Potato-Rosemary Soup with Toasted Almonds and Smoked Gouda served in a Bread Bowl 

Roasted Pig 

Roasted Green Beans with Grape Tomatoes and Warm Spiced Pecans

Roasted Beets, Turnips, Carrots and Potatoes with Leeks, Fresh Thyme and Honey Glaze 

Chunky Chai Applesauce 

Freshly Baked Breads from Meadowlark Acres 

Assorted Pickles and Relishes 


Cranberry-Orange Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce 

Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce 







We are planning the third annual Wassailing Celebration & Winter Feast for January 2015. Please check back for details. 


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