07jan3:00 pm4:00 pmAnnual Wassail CelebrationAt the Farm | Maidens
Annual Wassail Celebration
Saturday, January 7
Wassail with us at the farm! Join us to sing and wake the sleeping tree spirits, bless the trees for a fruitful harvest with the Wassail King & Queen, and get loud to frighten off any evil spirits in the orchard that may be lurking in the branches.
Let’s drink to the health of the apple trees and have a great time.
Wassailing will begin at 3pm – be sure to arrive early!
The bonfire will be blazing and traditional hot Wassail cider will be served all day!
Menu: Smash Burgers (GFO & vegetarian options)
Costumes are encouraged!
*While we try our best to have more than enough, our food items are limited and available until sold-out. Food subject to change.*
What is a Wassailling, you ask?
This tradition of blessing the apples trees goes back hundreds of years. The celebrations generally took place on the Twelfth Night and involved drinking and singing to the health of the trees in the hope that they will provide a bountiful harvest in the coming year.
The celebrations varied from region to region, but generally involved a Wassail King and Queen leading the assembled group of revelers in a noisy procession from one orchard to the next. To bless the orchard, the queen would place a piece of wassail-soaked toast onto the branches of an apple tree and a song would be sung, such as
“Apple tree, apple tree we all come to wassail thee,
Bear this year and next year to bloom and blow,
Hat fulls, cap fulls, three cornered sacks fills…”
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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