In 1777, Newport was occupied by British troops and a blockade prevented trade to the island. A population with a sophisticated palate, used to trade goods from all over the word, was now forced to eat local. What did people eat 240 years ago to survive the harsh winter and war-torn environment?

On Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10 am, the Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters for Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event. They will share insight on what foods were eaten, when, and why, from tea to pickling, oysters to chocolate, and soldiers’ rations to spices!

This event, part of the Newport Historical Society’s Newport Eats history of food programming initiative, is offered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Colony House on Washington Square. Admission is free. Try your hand at a colonial-inspired stamping craft. Flour sack towels yours to keep, $5 each.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).