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Contact: Meredith Beatrice

Giving Thanks: Apalachee and Spanish Cooking at Mission San Luis

Tallahassee –

On Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mission San Luis invites the public to demonstrations of culinary traditions at the 8th annual Giving Thanks celebration. Guests can learn how people and foods from the New and Old Worlds came together at San Luis.

Giving Thanks is an event that helps us to understand how food connects people to the past, to different places, and to other people,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “All cultures are grateful when there is abundance and the Apalachee and Spanish were no exception.”

The event will feature:

  • Living history interpreters in period dress demonstrating how to cook over a fire pit and how to smoke meat and fish on a barbacoa
  • Discussions of hunting, sowing, growing, harvesting, and preserving
  • Historic food preparation and craft activities for children
  • Historic black-powder weapon firing demonstrations

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About Mission San Luis

Mission San Luis, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. The Mission, now a National Historic Landmark, brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. The site is managed by the Florida Department of State, and support is provided by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Inc. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee, Florida, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 850.245.6406 or visit