Mayflower-themed food and drink experiences launched for 400th anniversary

Jan 25, 2019

Food and beverage outlets from across the UK have announced the launch of ‘Mayflower’ themed menus and experiences, inspired by the upcoming anniversary of the ship's pioneering voyage to the 'New World' of America.

The year of commemorations, starting in November 2019 and taking place throughout much of 2020, marks four centuries since the historic journey of the Mayflower ship and the Pilgrims from the UK.

The anniversary connects cities, towns and villages throughout England - providing a chance to explore the nation's food and drink heritage.

Cook like a Pilgrim

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has launched a 1-2 day cooking course called Succour & Sustenance. It will teach guests what the Mayflower Pilgrim families ate and drank and why.

Many of the leading Pilgrims hailed from the villages of north Nottinghamshire and the course highlights will include tasting and making regional cheeses using traditional recipes from those places and learn all about the wild meat featured in their first Thanksgiving meal in the New World.

Attendees will also find out the history of the Raised Pie used by the Pilgrims to preserve their meat as well as learning how to make their own. They will also be able to see the process behind how Small Beer – the table water of the time – is made as well as sampling the product for themselves.

Meals fit for a captain

The Pier in Harwich has also launched a three-course Mayflower themed dinner for £20.20, symbolic of the 2020 anniversary next year. The menu, rolled out from January 2019 will change every two weeks and the first menu has an American theme including New England clam chowder, Bourbon glazed chicken and steak and kidney pudding.

The Pier, Harwich

The menu reflects the ties the Essex town has with Mayflower master of the ship Captain Jones, who was twice wed in the town.

A festival of salt

Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire, housed on the former Brine Baths site first established in the 1880s, is now producing Droitwich Salt, which is available for sale. September 2019 will also see Salt Fest take place at Droitwich Spa.

At Droitwich Spa and Heritage Centre, the salt industry can be traced using displays and old photographs through Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods including the 16th century when Pilgrim Edward Winslow’s father owned a salt pit.


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