‘Fresh from the Past: Food and Culture in Eastern North Carolina’ Held
Saturday, July 13
Tryon Palace continues 2nd Saturdays on July 13with “Fresh from the Past: Food and Culture in Eastern North Carolina.” Foodies and history buffs alike will be treated to a fun-filled day of historic cooking demonstrations, tastings, tours, games and free admission to the gardens. All 2ndSaturday activities will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the gardens will remain open until 7 p.m.
While interior tours will still require the purchase of a ticket, there are numerous ways for families to enjoy the riches of North Carolina’s food culture at no cost. In addition to free gardens admission, Fresh from the Past includes ice cream, chocolate and butter churning demos, a food-themed scavenger hunt and hands-on crafts such as making an 18th-century cookbook and planting a vegetable.
“Food has always held a deep connection to the evolution of our culture,” said Matt Arthur, Living History Programs Coordinator. “I think that’s why people are always so engaged with us when we do a demo for something like chocolate or ice cream. Today we can just buy those things in the store but a living history demonstration actually lets you see that connection—not just to our food but to the evolution and history of how we view food.”
Families can also enjoy free Colonial games such as lawn bowles, graces and hand games like the cup and ball, and the bilbo catcher. In the event of rain, Saturday’s games will be played inside Mattocks Hall at the North Carolina History Center.
The Tryon Palace Museum Store, located adjacent to the ticket desk in the North Carolina History Center, invites visitors to enjoy free jewelry demos by Alice Bilello of Harbour Island Designs, pottery demos from Donna Michaux of Turtle Tracks Pottery and book signings by author and Blackbeard impersonator, Stan Atamanchuk.
2nd Saturdays is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and held at numerous sites across the state through celebrations of arts, heritage and fun. Visit Tryon Palace’s 2nd Saturdays event webpage for more details about this and other 2nd Saturdays events scheduled at Tryon Palace.
Submitted by: Craig Ramey, Marketing and Communications, Manager, Tryon Palace