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!
Feeds 10 people ~ $200
"Merridale Makes" a Picnic

 

~House Baked Bread~  1 sourdough loaf and 1 multigrain loaf

~Local Cheese~ 3 types

~Meats~  Genoa Salami, Spicy Soppressata, Prosciutto

Accoutrement

~Pickled local Peppers~

~Spicy Pickled Beans~

~Spicy Pickled Asparagus~

 

~Apple Butter~

~Cyser Mustard~

~Apple Onion Chutney~

~Smoked Tomato Chutney~

 

Included Sweets:

~Ginger Snaps~

~Fresh Melon~

~Fruit & Nut Crisps~

Double serving of any accoutrement above for an additional ~ $7/person

Dessert

Merridale Apple Rhubarb Pie ~ 25

Cider per Growler (1.89 litres)

House (6%) ~ 29
House 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

Additions

Mason Jar Salads ~ $5/jar

Rustic Pasta Salad

Roasted seasonal vegetables, broad pasta, arugula, feta cheese, scrumpy cider vinaigrette

Smoked Potato Salad

Smoked baby potatoes, charred onion, bacon, creamy sour cream & paprika dressing

Roast Vegetable Salad

Roasted seasonal vegetables, arugula, feta cheese, toasted hazelnuts, oil & vinegar dressing

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.
For groups of 10 or more (April - October) and 20 or more (November - March) ~ Starting at $20 per person plus taxes and gratuities
Option #1 - 8” individual pizzas for each person with shared chosen Salad ~ $20/person

Salami  -  Tomato sauce, genoa salami, bocconcini cheese, parsley, salt, olive oil

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

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

Option #2 - 8” individual pizzas for each person with shared chosen Salad ~ $23/person

Chicken Pesto - Fresh basil pesto, roasted chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, aged cheddar, bocconcini, pine nuts, salt, olive oil

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

Capricciosa - Tomato sauce, cider cured ham, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, bocconcini cheese, parsley, salt, olive oil

Salad

Signature Green Salad ~ served family style

Mixed artisan greens, sliced apples, toasted pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinaigrette

Caesar Salad ~ served family style

Crisp hearts of romaine, creamy anchovy & garlic dressing, focaccia croutons

Dessert

Dessert ~ Additional

Ginger Cookies ~ $2/person - Ginger & Molasses Cookies lovingly made in house

Merridale Apple Crumble ~ $6/person - Pie dough, caramelized apples, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup, salted caramel and crumble topping, finished with maple infused whip cream

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 15 or more ~ $25 per person
Add fresh baked bread and dip ~ $2 per person

Starters, choose two (additional choices $3)

Signature Green Salad

Mixed artisan greens, sliced apples, toasted pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinaigrette

Roasted Potatoes

Nugget potatoes, herb roasted with fresh lemon, parsley & olive oil

Basmati Rice

Lemon grass and turmeric scented basmati rice

Caesar Salad

Crisp hearts of romaine, creamy anchovy & garlic dressing, focaccia croutons

Mains, choose one (additional choices $6)

Island Farmhouse Chicken Breast

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

Roast Pork Loin

Oven roasted with fresh tarragon & thyme, cyser mustard, scrumpy vinegar, sliced thick, finished with a rich cider infused demi

Vegetable & Prosciutto Terrine

Roasted eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, artisan bread, encased in prosciutto, finished with red pepper and chevre spread

Chana Chaat Masala

Green lentils, vegetables & chick peas, slow cooked in vegetable stock & a sweet and aromatic Indian spice blend

Dessert, choose one

Ginger Cookies ~ additional $2 per person

Ginger & Molasses Cookies lovingly made in house

Merridale Apple Crumble ~ additional $6 per person

Pie dough, caramelized apples, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup, salted caramel and crumble topping, finished with maple infused whip cream

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.