Patriots Week for Foodies

Colonial Era Teapot

Colonial Era Teapot

Patriots Week is more than revolutionary reenactments!

For foodies who are seeking Colonial flavor during Trenton’s famed Patriots Week  – Where Trenton’s Revolutionary History Comes to Life – their food and beverage events are listed below.

You’ll find full information here. And be sure to download your copy of the “Downtown Dining Guide” while you’re there. 

In addition to the the thrill of the Battle of Trenton Re-Enactments that take place in the blustery cold of late December, Patriots’ Week also offers visitors to Downtown Trenton an opportunity to come in out of the cold and warm up with “good food and grog”.   

Rye Tasting: Dad’s Hat Distillery

First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St., Trenton;

Friday, Dec. 27, 4-6 p.m., $35.00; For Reservations: (609) 396-1712

Locally produced Rye, made with grain grown in Bucks County, is the centerpiece of this tasting. Presented by based in Bristol, Pa., the tasting will offer two kinds of Rye will be paired with cheeses from DiBruno Bros. and an informative discussion of the distilling process and the story of how the spirits are made.


Beer Tasting

First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St., Trenton;

Sunday, Dec. 29, 4-6 p.m., $35.00; For Reservations: (609) 396-1712

Returning for a second year, noted Brewmaster Richard Wagner will speak about the origins and use of fermented beverages in the colonial period.  Along with his talk, beers that reflect the flavor of the era will be paired with a selection of cheeses from DiBruno Brothers.


Historic Immersion: Re-Enactors Lunch

Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack St., Trenton;

Saturday, Dec. 28, Noon-2 p.m., $20.00;

For Tickets:

The recently renovated Grand Hall provides the backdrop for this lively lunch, where guests can rub elbows with Revolutionary characters while grabbing a casual meal in between the battles.


Historic Hospitality: Colonial Dinner

First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St., Trenton;

Saturday, Dec. 28, 5 p.m.;$30.00 adults/$20.00 children; Space limited;

For Reservations, please call: (609)396-1712.

Come in from the cold and warm up with a hearty Colonial meal.  Enjoy the songs of 18th Century Quartet Spiced Punch as you enjoy traditional winter fare in the welcoming surroundings of the First Presbyterian dining room, a beautiful example of Trenton’s historic architecture. Menu Includes: a selection of Colonial condiments – pickled watermelon rind, corn relish, apple and pear butter as well as warm homemade biscuits, salmon with pureed root vegetables and baked apples.


Tea at the Trent House

15 Market St., Trenton;;

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18, $15 for supporters; Seating is limited, Reservations req.

For reservations, please call (609)989-0087 or email:

Susan McLellan Plaisted, proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, will offer her 18th the etiquette and meaning of taking tea in colonial times. Using reproductions and artifacts, each piece of equipage will be demonstrated as guests sample three types of tea and enjoy homemade gourmet desserts, which are all authentic to the period. The tearoom will be set with linens and the famous pink china that was custom-made for the Trent House. Your period dress is welcome (but not required). Event proceeds will benefit the curatorial work and educational programming of the non-profit Trent House Association. Unfortunately this Tea event is not handicapped accessible.


To see more exhibits on view during Patriots Week, a full listing of events and program descriptions, visit:


Patriots Week is Sponsored by the Trenton Downtown Association. Major Partners Include: The Old Barracks Museum, The Masons of the 15th Masonic District NJ, The NJ State Museum, The NJ State Office of Legislative Services, Hunter Research, The Trent House, The First Presbyterian Church, The Trenton Friends Meeting, St. Michaels Church, Artworks, Ellarslie, and the Princeton Battlefield Society.


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