Cookies for the kids, Yule Fuel for you at Merridale

Starting on Nov. 27, and throughout the holiday season, Merridale will welcome the public.

Starting on Nov. 27, and throughout the holiday season, Merridale will welcome the public to the cider apple farm in Cobble Hill for their annual Orchard Light Up.

This free, family-friendly event invites guests to “explore the magic of Merridale this season” by walking through the lights and candy canes. Visitors can visit the cider house upon arrival to pick up a map and cookies for children. Adults can try Merridale’s special release mulled cider, Yule Fuel, as well as the latest spirits released from Merridale’s distillery, Cowichan Vodka and Copper Gin.

The Orchard Light Up is open to the public most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from          5-8 p.m.

Families are also invited to a special book reading for children on Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.

Author Roger Brunt will read his latest children’s book, Salt Spring Island’s Erskine the Elf Goes Home. Brunt is well-known as the Fairy Door Man of Salt Spring Island and his books for children feature the adventures of the elves and faeries that live in coastal orchards and forests. The reading is free to the public.

The bistro will serve dinners most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning at 5 p.m.; brunch on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; lunch seven days a week; and special menus on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Visitors may find holiday sales in the farmhouse store and complimentary gift wrapping while dining in the bistro.

For more details on all holiday events happening at Merridale Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, visit www.MerridaleCider.com or contact Melanie Wickes at 1-800-998-9908 or marketing@merridalecider.com.