Here We Come A Wassailing
This past weekend we were joined by our family and friends at the second annual Left Field Cider Wassail. Most people in Canada have never heard of wassailing and when trying to explain it, I am often met by blank stares.
So the Cole’s Notes on wassailing – Wassailing refers to drinking and singing to the health of an orchard. It is an ancient practice from southern England and is still performed in the cider making areas of the West Country (Devon, Somerset and Dorset) and the Three Counties (Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire). The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits ensuring a good harvest. The ceremony is celebrated on January 17th (the old twelfth night of Christmas). Ceremonies vary from region to region.
We bent tradition a little this year and held out wassail on January 19th, so that it would coincide with our first annual Left Field Cider curling bonspiel. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us. As we are new to orcharding and there are no real green thumbs amongst us, we can use all the good juju we can get.
Check out pictures from our wassail and bonspiel on the Left Field Cider Co. Facebook page.