Wassail Full Event Schedule

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.

Wassail! Be in good health!

The old apple tree we Wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
For the Cider Maker doth know where we shall be
’Til apples come another year
For to bear well and bloom well
So merry let us be
Let everyone take off their hats
And shout at the apple tree
Old apple tree we Wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
Hats fulls, cap fulls, three bushel bag fulls
And a little heap under the stars

Wassail brunch menu available from 12-3pm. Light fare to grab and go at the bottle shop and to order at the bar all day long. 5-7pm Wassail feast - purchase a plate and enjoy your fill.

WASSAIL HAPPENINGS AT VIRTUE CIDER FARM:

12PM
WASSAIL FIRKIN TAPPING IN THE BIG TENT
Wassail! Join us in tapping our annual spiced cider firkin in our Wassail tent.

12-5
MASK MAKING IN THE GREENHOUSE
Make your most festive wassailing mask for the evening procession.

12:30-1:15 & 4:30-5:15
LAMB LOUNGE HANGS
Get cozy with our Icelandic Sheep in the Lamb Lounge.

12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00
PERCHERON SLEIGH RIDES
(ALL RIDES ARE SOLD OUT! If you have signed up in advance, you should have correspondence from us.)
Winter wonderland sleigh ride with Darrell and his Percheron horses.
Check in at the host stand 10 minutes before your scheduled ride.

1:30, 3:30
SNOWSHOE TOUR OF VIRTUE CIDER FARM
Meet at the host stand 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.
Snowshoe rentals available throughout the day. Ask at the host stand!

5:00
WASSAIL FEAST BEGINS
Purchase a plate and enjoy a feast of cheese and accoutrements.

5:30
WASSAIL BONFIRE
Grab a cider and meet around the giant fire to get ready to Wassail!

6:00-8:00
WASSAIL!
Sunshine Fire Entertainment, toast with Gregory Hall, a procession through the orchard with Detroit Party Marching Band, and more surprises!