Learn How to Cook and Drink Like It’s 1699 at the Wyckoff House Museum


It may be more than four centuries since the Dutch founded Brooklyn, but you can still learn how they drank and ate at one of their original homesteads in the borough.

The Wyckoff House Museum, in conjunction with the New York Adventure Club, will host an afternoon of old-timey farm experiences from the colonial days, along with valuable cooking lessons and some locally sourced drinks. Sarah Lohman, historic gastronomist and owner of Four Pounds Flour, a website that focuses on historic recipes, will teach open-fire cooking classes for attendees. Other activities will include learning domestic skills of the past — telling the temperature without a thermometer, building an effective fire and churning butter.

Wyckoff kitchen. Photo by Susan De Vries

Wyckoff kitchen. Photo by Susan De Vries

No colonial experience would be complete without beer, of course. Local beers will be available for sampling, along with info on the value of beer in a colonial diet. Attendees will also be able to try out a cider press.

The event will take place Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wyckoff House Museum at 5816 Clarendon Road in East Flatbush. Event tickets are $49, and include admission to the museum, the cooking class with Sarah Lohman, food and drink, and interactive activities on the farmhouse grounds. You can learn more about the event and buy tickets here.

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