Bless Michigan’s Fruit Belt at Virtue Cider’s 5th Annual Wassail

Get ready to parade across the Virtue Cider farm, among bonfires surrounded by snow to bless the trees for a bountiful 2020 harvest at Virtue Cider’s ​5th Annual Wassail on Saturday, Feb. 15 at their Fennville location – 2170 62nd Street.

Expect horse-drawn sleigh rides, live ice sculpting from the Ice Guru, snowshoe tours, cider, and traditional English fare followed by a live music processional and a proper farm rock show with Jon Langford (of Mekons, Waco Brothers) & 3 Blokes from Chicago. The event is free to attend and all ages.

WHAT IS WASSAIL? ​

Wassailing is a very old English custom of blessing the trees in the orchard with song and cider during the depths of winter to ward off any evil spirits and ensure a good harvest in the coming year. Wassail is also the name of the warm, mulled cider drink the revelers used to celebrate the occasion. Virtue pays pay homage to this cider tradition with this annual wintertime cider farm party replete with live music, bonfires, food, Percheron-drawn sleigh rides, and a candle-lit parade at dusk through the apple orchards.

SCHEDULE:

  • Winter Magic for all ages 12-5pm (snowshoeing, sleigh rides, food, mask-making)
  • Wassail Toast and bonfire lighting at 6:30pm
  • Live Music with Jon Langford & 3 Blokes from Chicago at 7pm
  • Cider, Food & Sleigh Rides sold separately

SLEIGH RIDES SOLD SEPARATELY: ​due to limited space please book here.

CHICAGO SHUTTLE BUS: ​

A limited number of seats at $10 each are available for a shuttle bus leaving from and returning to Chicago. 21+ only. Please purchase as an add-on experience to this RSVP if you wish to join​. For more information on the Chicago shuttle bus, email info@virtuecider.com.

Chicago Bus Schedule:

Noon CT – leaving Goose Island Taproom, 1800 W. Fulton St.

3:45pm ET – arrive at Virtue Cider

9pm ET – depart Virtue Cider

11pm CT – return to Goose Island Taproom

Need a place to stay?

Virtue Cider has partnered with AmericInn in neighboring Douglas, MI, to offer a limited amount of hotel rooms at $100 for the night of Saturday, Feb. 15. Please call the hotel directly at 269-857-8581 and mention Virtue Cider to book at this rate. Rooms must be booked by Feb. 1, 2020, to secure this rate. For more lodging options, visit Saugatuck.com/Stay/

For questions or more information on Wassail, call 269-722-3232 or email info@virtuecider.com

 

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