If you are out in about in Walden, New York on February 24th be prepared to hear chanting and possibly sight a Wassailer or two. It may look like people are storming Angry Orchard with torches but there is nothing to fear.

Angry Orchard's annual event to awaken the cider trees and scare away the evil spirits is inviting you to join the fun. Gather your friend and get ready to sing in the orchard via torchlight. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, games, and food, then an evening of chanting to the trees.

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Angry Orchard via Wassailing Facebook
Angry Orchard via Wassailing Facebook

The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn (via wikipedia)


What Happens at Wassail Fest at Angry Orchard

There will be food trucks, and fire pits, plus Angry Orchard will be releasing their limited edition Wassail Wooden Sleeper Cider that day. The cider house opens at 11 AM that day the Wassailing in the Orchard begins at 5 PM.

Chuck Merrihew
Chuck Merrihew

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Live music, outdoor games even ax throwing will fill in the time for you and your tribe before it is time to head to the orcrads to chant and sing to the trees. This is a 21-and-over event. Tickets are $30 which includes access to the event, a fire torch and noise makers for the chants, free ax throwing, and live music. Fire pits must be booked - reserve here.

Chuck Merrihew
Chuck Merrihew

I know you passed the Sage around and put your intentions in for a good season kinda like blessing the crops I guess, (Past Wassailer Chuck M)

What to Wear at Wassail Winter Fest in Walden, New York

Dress for the weather and everyone attending is encouraged to wear their warmest Wassail-inspired outfit including masks. The best outfits will have an opportunity to win cider house prizes.

Vineyard Roads shared their experience at Waissail last year.

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