Wassail is the ancient tradition of singing and dancing in the orchard to bring forth a fruitful harvest. We hang toast on the trees, pour cider on the earth, and form a jovial procession to awaken the apple trees and scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest.
We are excited for another year of Chicago Cider Week, where Chicago turns its sights on the great beverage of cider. The week culminates with the annual Cider Summit, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9. Chicago Cider Week runs this year from Feb. 1 to 9, with loads of events throughout the area. Tap takeovers, concerts, comedies shows, cider cocktail classes, and more!
It's back for the fifth year—it's our annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition & Mitten Drive. Held this year at Big Star in Wrigleyville, the Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition provides a platform for 11 of Chicago’s top bartenders to put their signature on the Stone Fence cocktail that will be evaluated by a selection of influential judges and one people’s choice vote.