It's that time again! The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is back this 12-14 July, a celebration focused on the apple through wassailing.
So, what does that mean?
This means awakening the cider apple trees and scaring away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn! A wassail King and Queen lead the song and processional tune from one apple tree to the next. The wassail Queen is then lifted up into the boughs of the apple tree where she will place toast soaked in mulled cider from the Clayen Cup as a gift to the tree spirits and to show the fruits created the previous year.
Then the crowd joins in the wassail – singing and shouting, banging drums and pots and pans and generally make a terrible racket until the gunmen give a great final volley through the branches to make sure the work is done!
Keen to bang ome pots & pans and have a jolly good time with your friends while sipping on a delicious cocktail!
Here's what's happening over the weekend:
FRIDAY 12 JULY - WELCOME CEREMONY + BURNING MAN
Celebrations kick off with a Nayri Niara Welcome Ceremony, culminating in the burning of our 15-metre-tall ‘Big Willie’, then we’ll all dance up a storm with a slew of acts that will get your heart thumping.
SATURDAY 13 JULY: BONFIRE + WASSAIL
Dust off your tatters and get ready to Wassail! We’ll scare away the spirits and sing to the apple trees to bless next year’s crop. Our much-loved Storytelling Cup is back, as is our epic bonfire – to keep your hearts and hands warm into the night.
SUNDAY 14 JULY: FAMILY FUN DAY!
Family Fun Day has a jam-packed day for kids including their own Wassail, yoga, kids telling their tales, leaf crown workshops, face painting and more!
For the whole program and what you can expect at Huon Valley Mid-Winter festival, you can head to their website at https://www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au/