Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The Christmas Market

On Monday 17th December 2007 Wisbech and Fenland Museum had a Christmas food tasting session where visitors discovered the cuisine of ages past, as part of the Christmas Market festivities in Wisbech. One of our volunteers Sarah Hawkes brought in a boiled and roasted boar’s head and talked about Saxon Christmas traditions. A boar’s head was central to the midwinter solstice celebrations.

Alison Sloan from Fascinating Food also made some traditional foods for people to eat. She made Elizabethan ‘Shred Pies’ (mince pies), Tudor ‘March Pane’ (Marzipan cake) and Christmas pudding through the ages. Overall the event was well received by the public and everyone thoroughly enjoyed learning about Christmas traditions through the theme of food.

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