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Explore Centuries Old Cooking Techniques During “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia”

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JAMES CITY-This Thanksgiving holiday, guests can learn about 17th – and 18th-century America during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia.” The two-day event will take place on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 at both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

At Jamestown Settlement, visitors will enjoy recreations of how the English colonists and Powhatan Indians prepared their food in clay pots and kettles, and preserved their food by smoking and salt curing. There will be demonstrations of venison, turkey, and other game roasting over an open fire while stews of corn, beans, and squash cook in clay pots. Learn how vital corn was to the Powhatan Indians and see the culinary skills English colonists brought to Virginia.

At The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors will see how Continental Army soldiers earned their rations in artillery drills in an encampment as well as the Revolution era farming process. A variety of dishes for the farm’s owners and enslaved people will be prepared daily using 18th-century open-hearth cooking techniques and recipes. Methods used in farming to preserve and store goods through the winter will also be shown.

For ticket information to “Foods & Feats of Colonial Virginia,” click here.

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