It’s The Annual Call To Wassail. January 5th -17th, 2015.

The Wassail (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

A Call To Wassail. January 5th – 17th, 2015.

Hello Friends of Cider!

We ask YOU the cider community to join us in embracing Wassail in 2015.

What is Wassail?

Wikipedia:

“The Orchard-Visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions of England, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.”

Herefordshire Times:

“Steeped in history, wassailing is traditionally held on the Twelfth Night after Christmas and performed in orchards to awaken the apple trees from their winter slumber and ward off bad spirits.”

When is Wassail?

We propose to observe North American celebrations from January 5th to  January 17th, 2015. (‘New’ 12th Night Eve to ‘Old’ 12th Night – more about that later).

Goals for the 2015 Wassail:

Explore Old & New World Wassail Traditions

Salute The Orchard

Honor The Apple

Celebrate With Cider

How Can You Wassail?

Enjoy cider and a wassail bowl with friends.

Visit an orchard, cidermaker or local cider-serving establishment and toast the orchard & the apple.

Host a Wassail Event.

Or just raise a glass to Cider.

Let us know if you’ve planned an event – we’ll post it on our Wassail 2015 page.

If you tweet about your cider activities – consider using the hashtag #Wassail2015.

The 2015 Wassail Theme: Explore Wassail.

We hope this will be an informal collaborative effort and an annual event for the growing cider community in North America.

The Wassail (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

Take a look at our Wassail 2015 page for more information, links, and recipes.

Wassail 2015.

The Wassail (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

WASSAIL 2015

January 5th – January 17th, 2015

We encourage you to Wassail, honor the orchard and celebrate the apple.

Wassail in the orchard, at your favorite cider-serving establishment, or where ever Twelfth Night week finds you.

Join us and raise a glass of cider – toast the apple & the orchard.

WASSAIL 2015 

The Wassailing

Highlights from

WASSAIL 2014

January 5th – January 17th, 2014*

UNITED STATES:

CA: Tilted Shed Ciderworks Orchard Wassail on Old Twelfth Night  January 17, 2014 www.tiltedshed.com

MO: Wassailing the Apple Trees and Dinner at Powell Gardens – January 18, 2014. www.powellgardens.org/wassailing

NY: Redbyrd Orchard Cider – January 17, 2014. redbyrdorchardcider.com

NY: Wassail daily at The Drink with their Wassail cup or bowl thedrinkbrooklyn.com

OR: Finn River Cidery Winter Wassail –  January 18, 2014. www.finnriver.com

VT: Champlain Orchards – January 18, 2014.  www.champlainorchards.com

CANADA:

BC: Sea Cider Winter Wassail Celebration – January 19, 2014 seacider.ca

The Wassail (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

OUR WASSAIL POSTS:

A Call To Wassail. January 5th – 17th, 2014.

Come All Ye Cider Drinkers and Join In The Wassail!

A Bit About Wassailing From the National Association of Cider Makers

IT BEGINS. 13 Days Of Wassailing 2014

These Days Of Wassailing

The Pagan Rite WASSAIL! Brown, Bradshaw and World’s Best Ciders.

Wassail Day 1. Fortifying with Pear Brandy. Olmsted’s Sidecar Cocktail.

Wassail Traditions: The 5 Key Elements.

Old Apple Tree, We’ll WASSAIL Thee!

Rackham Lady's Apple

 WASSAIL RESOURCES & LINKS: LEARN MORE ABOUT ORCHARD WASSAILING:

Wassailing Through History from the Colonial Williamsburg Journal, USA

About Wassailing from the National Association of Cider Makers, United Kingdom

Cider: It’s Time for Wassail by Maria Kennedy of Cider With Maria for Twice Cooked

Wassail: An Unexpected Revival by Maria Kennedy of Cider With Maria

Wassail: Some Historical Reports and their Contexts by Maria Kennedy of Cider With Maria

Wassail Story From The Radio Program – Living on Earth via the blog Cider With Maria

The Foodie Bugle Talks Wassail: Here’s To Thee Old Apple Tree

Rackham-Winter Trees

A SELECTION OF WASSAIL RECIPES:

Lambswool (Wassail) Recipe (with history notes) for a modern kitchen from RecipeWise recipewise.co.uk

Traditional Lambswool Recipes from early sources collected by RecipeWise recipewise.co.uk

Holiday drinks: Here we come a-wassailing at American Food Roots with a recipe and video from Alton Brown (with eggs, ale and Madeira)

How To Make PDTs Winter Wassail with Hudson Valley Cider from Breezy Hill Orchard via Serious Eats

From PUNCH Drink: A Recipe For Wassail: punchdrink.com

The Churchill’s Jenn Dowds shared this Wassail recipe with Rosie Schaap for The New York Times.

Rackham Pomona

*The month of January 2014 was dedicated to Wassail at United States of Cider.