What’s a Wassail?: An Event for Cider-Lovers!

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Big Fish Wassailers Preparing for their March to the Orchard

With all the cider craze these days, we have to ask: Have you ever heard of a Wassail?

In a nutshell, wassailing is an old English custom performed to ensure a healthier apple orchard by walking through an orchard at night, scaring away evil spirits that are harmful to the trees, and waking the tree spirits with gifts and a blessing. The folks at Big Fish Cider Co. in Monterey can surely explain the event to you! Take a look at the video below where Kirk Billingsley, Big Fish owner and cider maker, tells a little more about the tradition.

In the past, the event has been held on the second Saturday of January; however in 2020, the date has changed. The Wassail will now be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5 pm. (Call Big Fish Cider at 540-468-2322 for ticket information!)

Unfortunately, Blue Grass Cabin is already booked for the 2020 event. (Visitors are already planning their trip!) However, you can visit the Highland County Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of our fellow lodging partners. Give them a call, and they will be happy to welcome you!

For more information on Big Fish Cider, their products, awards, and events, visit their website at www.bigfishcider.com. And if you’re a big cider fan, consider becoming a member of the Big Fish Cider Club!

We hope to see you at the Wassail!

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