Truly, we can think of few better ways to celebrate the humble apple than with a festival devoted to one of its finest fruits: hard cider.
From noon to 5 p.m., the rolling hills and leafy orchards of Frecon Farms out in Boyertown, Pa. welcome cider-lovers for an afternoon of cider tasting, barbecue eating and plenty of live music.
Located about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the farm produces a wide range of fruits including cherries, apricots, plums, pears and 16 varieties of apples, but this is the first year for a come-on, come-all Wassail festival.
Join in the act of “wassailing” — the English tradition of singing and drinking to ensure a plentiful apple harvest — at Frecon’s Cidery’s by tasting from the entire Frecon’s Cidery portfolio of sweet and hard ciders, including The Crabby Granny, The Early Man and The Hogshead.
To pair with the cider, local barbecue, pizza and food truck favorites will serve up festive fare on-site. Look for Hillbilly BBQ, Vernalicious and WildeFire Trading Co.
Live tunes will keep crowds grooving with bluegrass and folk favorites from local bands Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Mason Porter and La Overtoner.
The event will take place outdoors under tents and is rain or shine. General admission tickets, $30, are available online and include one Frecon’s Cidery hard cider and food pairing.
Designated driver and under-21 tickets are $15 each and include a Frecon Farms sweet cider and food pairing. Additional cider and food will be available for purchase, too.
Note that there is no on-site parking at the orchard. All attendees should park at the nearby Boyertown Area Senior High School Parking Lot (120 N. Monroe Street). Buses will shuttle attendees throughout the day to and from parking and the event location.
And remember, this is just one of nearly a dozen major festivals and events to hit the Philadelphia area for Super Spring Saturday, this Saturday, May 3.
Frecon’s Cidery’s Wassail
When: Saturday, May 3, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Frecon Farms Orchard, Boyertown; Parking, 120 N. Monroe Street
Cost: $30, general admission; $15, designated driver/under 21; free, children 8 and under
More info: www.freconswassail.com