Wassail celebrations at Central Saanich’s Sea Cider

Tradition to ‘bless the orchard’ and ‘scare away evil spirits’.

Wassail traditions

Join the Wassail Celebrations at Sea Cider this Sunday to bless the orchard and scare away all the evil spirits.

Traditionally involving singing and drinking to the health of the trees, Sea Cider’s festivities will also include guided tours of the orchard and cidery, kids crafts, prizes and giveaways and a complimentary welcome glass of cider.

Enjoy the high-energy displays of the Morris dancers and a traditional Mummers play amidst plates of tasty samples from the cidery’s catering partners.

Wassailing is an ancient custom, and the word itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael,’ meaning ‘good health.’

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. this Sunday (Jan. 25) at the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road in Saanichton.

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