Tours & Parties

If you’d like to take a tour of our grounds or host a party here, we’re only too happy to oblige!

Our farmhouse provides a magical setting for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate events, holiday celebrations and more. Enjoy a farm to table meal on the deck, a private setting in the orchard under tents, a reception by our pond quarry, or book the whole property. No matter what your heart desires, our kitchen team can design a menu to suit any occasion.

Tour Groups of 10 or More

Private Guided Cidery & Distillery Tour: Experience Merridale through our eyes by visiting areas not open to the general public. In this tour you’ll see the inner workings of our cidery and distillery, learn about our processes and get to sample the fruits of our labour.

$10 per person based on a minimum 10 people

Group Meal Options

Hungry? Consider the following Group Menus to add to your tour and tasting:

Picnic Menu

We provide you with a little red wagon full of everything you need for your summer picnic under a tent in our orchard meadow. Of course, cider, beer and wine can be added to your picnic too! ~ $25 per person, minimum of 10 people

Brick Oven Bread
Freshly baked artisan bread

Local Cheese
3 types

Meats
Genoa Salami, Spicy Soppressata, Prosciutto

House-made preserves and pickles
Assorted house-made pickles
Apple Butter
Cyser Mustard
Apple Onion Chutney
Smoked Tomato Chutney

Seasonal Fruit

Cider per Growler (1.89 litres)

House (6%) ~ 29
Cowichan Dry (6%) ~ 29
Merri Berri (6%) ~ 29
Traditional (7%) ~ 30
Scrumpy (11%) ~ 38
Cyser (10%) ~ 38

Cocktails per Litre

Cider Sangria ~ 25
Caesars ~ 22
Lavender Lemonade ~ 22

Wine per Litre

Domaine de Chaberton ~ 25

Blanc or Rouge

Beer per Litre

Phillip’s Blue Buck ~ 16

Pizza Menu

Our legendary brick oven pizza served in our Eatery is outstanding. But when it’s served to you in a group party, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
2 varieties for groups of 10-15, 3 varieties for groups of 15+ ~ $20 per person plus taxes and gratuities
Assorted Seasonal Pizzas, Served Family Style

Margherita
Tomato sauce, roma tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, fresh basil, balsamic reduction, salt, olive oil

Seasonal Roasted Vegetable
Tomato sauce, roasted vegetables, bocconcini cheese, arugula, balsamic reduction

Seasonal Cured Meat
Select cured meat, seasonal vegetables, tomato sauce, bocconcini cheese, salt, olive oil

Salad

Signature Green Salad ~ served family style

Mixed artisan greens, dried cranberries, farmhouse cheddar, toasted pumpkin seeds and house-made apple cider vinaigrette

Family-Style Menu

Celebrate with you family or friends at Merridale! Let us serve you platters of delicious food and drinks at the lovely long tables in our Eatery.

Please note: each selection applies to your entire group.

For groups of 10 or more ~ $29/person (10-14), $26/person (15+)

Starters

Signature Green Salad

Mixed artisan greens, dried cranberries, aged cheddar, toasted pumpkin seeds, house-made apple cider vinaigrette

Brick Oven Bread

Freshly baked artisan bread served with house-made apple butter

Mains

Island Farmhouse Chicken

Oven roasted with a sweet & savoury spice rub, finished with a rich demi

Dessert

Assorted Cookies

An assortment of freshly based cookies lovingly made in house

Tour Groups of Nine or Less

Self-Guided Tours of the Cellar & Orchard: There’s no need to make a reservation if you’re just a small group. Simply grab a map in the farmhouse (or download it here) and set off on your Merri way. Watch for the numbered signs which will help guide you. Our distillery operation does require staff accompaniment, but you’re welcome to sneak a peek in the window.

Self-Guided Family Tours of the Orchard: On this family-oriented tour, you can explore our orchard and learn about apple trees, indigenous plant life and little known facts about Cowichan. This tour also highlights “Merri and Dale” – the magical apple blossom faeries living on our property. Pick up our “Mystical Orchard Adventure Map” to search for faeries, dryads, hobgoblins, gnomes and elves or download it here. And don't forget to ask about our Kid's Menu when you join us in the Eatery!

Guided Tastings at the Bar

At Merridale, we have dozens of ciders and spirits that are just waiting to get to know you. Our team is happy to introduce you to them in a guided tasting session. This is an opportunity to sip on cocktails, sample flights, or even enjoy a glass of wine or beer from our neighbouring friends. If you’re a group of 10 or more, please consider making a reservation so we can give your group individualized attention. Don’t forget the lounge snacks if you want just a little something to go with our potables. Our house-made kettle chips are rather amazing!

One last note, net proceeds from our cider tasting flights are donated to charities. We donate to those in need that are close to our farm, or those that are close to our hearts. Yes, you can feel good about taking a flight at Merridale. Please ask at the tasting bar if you would like to hear more about the charity we are supporting when you visit.