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July 25, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg Hosts Culinary and Spirits Festival Labor Day Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- – Colonial Williamsburg hosts a weekend dedicated to the culinary arts Aug. 29 – 31. The Taste Tradition celebrates Colonial Williamsburg chefs, contemporary cuisine inspired by 18th-century traditions, and select wines, beers and spirits.

For the second year, Colonial Williamsburg offers a celebration of food and drink like no other. From wine tastings to historical dinners to epicurean lectures, the weekend promises surprises both savory and sweet. This year, Garden & Gun magazine returns to host “The Cult of Bourbon,” a tasting event led by the industry’s most trusted insiders and open exclusively to guests staying on Colonial Williamsburg’s hotel package, The Taste Tradition.

Among the events available for à la carte purchase are the following:

Bushels and Barrels: Friday Aug. 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This culinary revolution in the heart of the Revolutionary City brings chefs from Colonial Williamsburg’s seven restaurants together to present unlimited tastings of complex flavors in today’s centuries-inspired cuisine, accompanied by craft brews and well-traveled wines. The tasting menu includes such diverse flavors as pan roasted crab cakes, roasted prime rib of beef jardinière, Rev City garden gazpacho, barbecued pork cheddar biscuit, kale romaine Caesar salad, bourbon black forest cake, late summer sweet potato tart – and more. Market Square near Chowning’s Tavern. $135.

Good to the Last Crop: Saturday, Aug. 30, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Colonial Williamsburg’s Executive Chef Rhys Lewis leads guests on a tour of the Revolutionary City gardens, followed by a tasting seminar of vibrant flavors characterized by garden-fresh ingredients. Chef Rhys’ tips and techniques will inspire participants to highlight the herbs and vegetables from their own gardens. Williamsburg Lodge. $50.

The Tasting Room: Saturday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Winemakers, brewers, distillers and cheese makers gather to introduce some of their favorite products. Morning session includes special presentations on craft beers and Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Afternoon session includes presentations on Virginia wines and pairing chocolate with Scotch. Williamsburg Lodge. $50.

Marquis de Lafayette Dinner: Saturday, Aug. 30, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Marquis de Lafayette spent time in Williamsburg at two important points in his life – prior to the siege of Yorktown in 1781 and 43 years later on his triumphant tour of the United States. This four-course dinner with French-born American patriot Lafayette includes servings of his favorite passions – food and politics. King’s Arms Tavern. $135.

Warehouse Sale: Saturday, Aug. 30 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Limited supplies of many of The Taste Tradition wines will be available for purchase. Williamsburg Lodge. No ticket required.

Suds & Sides: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Beer was an everyday drink in the 18th century. Today, beer remains a key part of Colonial Williamsburg’s overall culinary experience. Brewmaster Andy Rathmann of St. George Brewing Company and Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank present a light-hearted tasting of award-winning ales and lagers paired with small bites. Williamsburg Lodge. $50.

Flavors of American Heritage Chocolate: Sunday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Chocolate’s rich history comes to life in this tasting seminar that explores how the individual ingredients of chocolate, including cocoa beans, cocoa butter and milk, have been transformed into great-tasting chocolates for the last 3,000 years. Williamsburg Lodge. $50.

All guests must be 21 to purchase tickets and attend events. Reservations for à la carte events and hotel package information are available by calling 855-296-6627. A complete listing of events is available at

Media Contact:
Barbara Rust Brown