Bringing Tastes Of History to life...

Cookery Demonstrations

We think education is a key ingredient to stimulating an interest in history.  In the case of food, eating and dining in years past, this can teach us as much about our ancestors as about ourselves.

Our cooking demonstrations at public, or private, events offer a place for visitors, or your guests, to gather and learn about food over the last 4,500 years.  Discover the diets of rich and poor, cooking techniques, the preparation of dishes faithful to recipes from different historical periods, and the opportunity to sample the result.

Each demonstration is a mini cookery class where your visitors can see, hear, smell, taste, and hopefully learn, something new.  Throughout any of our cookery demonstrations we positively encourage interaction and questions from the audience.

What we Offer

Our cooking demonstrations aim to:

o  Explain the history behind cuisine;

o  Contrast ancient and modern culinary techniques;

o  Explain how changing agriculture, farming and trade ;

o  Practically demonstrate cooking methods;

o  Permit visitors or guests to sample prepared dishes (n.b. food will not be for sale).

For Schools

Where children are involved, i.e. school parties, we would tailor any cookery demonstration to support Key Stages 1 and 2 of the History curriculum.  To that end:

o  We use reconstruction to show how British society was shaped in different historical periods;

o  We like to portray actual characters from history, explaining how we came to use their names, to create a tangilble link to the past.

o  Characters enable children to better understand the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of ordinary men, women and children.

o  Adopting "real" characters helps reveal the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of society in Britain and the wider world.

o  In this way we can identify and describe reasons for, and the results of, historical events, situations and changes in different periods of history.

The Practicalities

Cooking is typically performed using charcoal or wood fires for the historically “authentic” feel. Ideally, therefore, a living history tent would need to be erected on site.  Acting as a backdrop, this would be complete with all the equipment needed to deliver practical demonstrations together with displays of foodstuffs and educational aids.

Risk Assessments, certificates of Public Liability Insurance and Food Hygiene can be made available on request.

What we will provide...

Our demonstration area includes a tented cooking/sampling space that provides room for three tables and a cook top.  One table is used for the actual demonstration and presentation, one as a preparation station, and the last for the miscellaneous supplies and Hand Washing Station.  In addition we will provide:

o  The appropriate sanitisation station;

o  Fire extinguisher;

o  First aid kit;

o  All knives, pots, pans and other cooking utensils;

o  Separate cutting boards;

o  Food covers;

o  Serving bowls and utensils;

o  All ingredients;

o  Disposable plates, napkins, plastic ware, etc. appropriate for sampling each dish.

The preparation and handling of foods will adhere with the guidelines for food safety and hygiene.  Many of the food safety standards, however, are written for full time retail food service establishments and may not be applicable to our demonstration.  Regardless, we do possess the requisite risk assessments, food hygiene and handling certification to enable your visitors to sample foods free of charge.

What we need you to provide...

Did you know that transporting a lot of water is heavy?  One litre of water weighs 1 kilogramme, and we can use up to 50 litres per day for cooking, drinking and for hygiene purposes.  All that extra weight adds to our load which, in turn, reduces our fuel economy.  To reduce costs, a source of drinking water, preferably from a nearby tap, is essential at each venue.  Bottled water is clearly an acceptable alternative.

To create an area for the comfort of the visitors as they enjoy the demonstration, we would ask you consider erecting a second canopy to provide sun and rain protection.

And together...

Before and during an event we will work together to ensure food sampling is allowable while at the same time ensuring hygiene standards and the safety of your visitors.