Colonial Williamsburg Announces Its First Culinary Weekend This Fall

Chefs at Colonial Williamsburg will fuse old-style cooking ways with modern techniques for the site’s first culinary weekend, Taste Tradition.

In the spirit of its motto, “The future may learn from the past,” Colonial Williamsburg is fusing 18th-inspired traditions with 21st-century tastes to its first ever food and spirits weekend, Taste Tradition.

The weekend of August 30, the living-history museum will celebrate Virginia’s culinary heritage and showcase the talents of executive chefs Rhys Lewis, Travis Brust, Anthony Frank, and pastry chef Rodney Riehl.

Signature events will be held throughout the weekend, ranging from a “Taste of the Vine Dinner” focused on wine pairings to a “Thomas Jefferson Wine Dinner” held by Italian winemaker Gabriele Rausse. There will also be seminars, such as the “New Taste of the Old World” seminar where Lewis will be discussing Virginia wines.

“The Commonwealth’s agricultural conditions have been likened to France’s famed Bordeaux region and the piedmont region in Northern Italy,” a spokesperson for Colonial Williamsburg said. “So winemakers who champion a uniquely Virginian product are simultaneously reintroducing the ancient aesthetics of those regions, where structure, finesse, and food-friendliness are prized.”

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To prepare for the weekend festivities, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a Taste Tradition Package for $130 a person per night. It will include exclusive events only available to package guests.