There is no better time to visit Merridale than fall! Come immerse yourself in the splendour of our orchard at harvest time. The sweet aroma of ripening apples in the crisp fall air, the changing colours of the leaves and the flurry of activity as our fruit moves from tree to press to tank. Witness the start of our next vintage of cider and so much more!
Here are some exciting things coming up this fall:
October 6 – October 31 Harvest at the Farm ~ a wallet friendly adventure
The magic of a Merridale harvest means the beginnings of our next cider vintage. It’s an exciting time for us at the farm. We would like to share it with you, so we have created a wallet-friendly afternoon adventure for just $20. Start with a self-directed tour to discover why we chose Cowichan to plant our orchard- Indeed, it’s one of the key ingredients that sets our craft cider apart from others! As you continue your journey through the orchard, keep an eye out for wildlife and mystical creatures who frequent our farm. Learn about our trees, apples, and other flora on the acreage. You may even catch a glimpse of our press in action as the apples are crushed into juice*. Alive with activity, the farm will certainly sharpen your appetite for a farm-to-table experience in the Eatery. During the month of October, for the special price of $20, enjoy two of our long-standing Eatery favourites –a glass of our bold and strong Scrumpy cider paired with our farm-fresh Scrumpy pot pie. Comfort food at its finest! Oh yes, there is an interesting story to Scrumpy so don’t be shy to ask about it from one of our cider experts in the Eatery. Once you’ve taken in the smells and tastes of harvest, pop into our farmhouse store to pick up farm-crafted products from our Merridale Makes Line and take a little of the harvest home with you. Indulge, Savour, Repeat!
*Pressing doesn’t happen every day. Nature tell us when, so pressing days are confirmed at short notice, often at the beginning of the day.
Saturday, October 19 – The Art of the Cocktail
This is an off-site adventure that gives us the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of our spirit crafting and cocktail creating colleagues. Craft and commercial distillers alike meet in Victoria to for the Island’s biggest cocktail celebration. Join us at the Crystal Gardens in Victoria where our team will be serving delicious creations crafted from our award-winning Cowichan Gin and Cowichan Vodka. If you come, please stop by to say hello to us! Learn More
November 1 – November 30 “Eat. Stay. Play.”
Through out the month of November, we are excited to be part of Tourism Cowichan’s Eat. Stay. Play. Campaign. In addition to a variety of special events taking place throughout the month, we also have a special “Cider and Charcuterie” combo that will be available in our Eatery during the month of November. Come cozy-up in Cowichan with two glasses of delicious cider paired with our scrumptious charcuterie board. Learn More
Saturday, November 9 – 2nd Annual Craft Spirit Festival
Join us for a celebration of Vancouver Island’s best craft distilleries and taste unique local spirits. General admission is $35 and includes a safe return bus ride and souvenir tasting glass. Learn more
Saturday, November 23 – “Getting into the Spirits” – A Holiday Entertaining Workshop
Come for a delicious and engaging evening where you’ll have the chance to taste rate spirits from Merridale’s library, learn some easy-to-prepare holiday cocktails and discover the how to build the perfect locally sourced charcuterie board. Learn more
Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, January 5 – Christmas at the Farm
Come home to the farm this holiday season, where we offer a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. From the moment you arrive at Merridale, you will be transported into a Christmas wonderland. With thousands of twinkle lights and decorations, festive long table dinners, holiday shopping and entertainment, it’s an enchanting experience for the whole family.