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BBC Cook Reveals Festive Feasts Through the Ages

26 November 2018

Food fans have a festive treat in store on 13 December as BBC presenter, cook, writer and historian Dr Annie Gray, reveals the secret history of the Christmas Dinner, from medieval banquets to Edwardian feasts.

Dr Annie GrayPresenter of BBC2’s Victorian Bakers and The Sweetmakers at Christmas, Annie appears regularly on TV and radio as a food expert, working with the likes of James Martin, Heston Blumenthal and The Great British Bake Off.

Annie will be revealing the history of the ‘Christmas Dinner from Edward I to Edward VII’, including the long-reigning pre-curser to the now popular turkey and the best way to eat Christmas Pudding – top tip, Brandy Butter should be avoided at all costs!

Mince pie fans can discover how mincemeat got its name, and what it really tasted like with beef, tongue and even feet in it! Annie will also be answering Christmas conundrums from members of the audience, giving out recipe tips and tricks from the past.

The evening includes a book signing of Annie’s latest book, ‘The Greedy Queen - Eating with Victoria’ giving an insight into the monarch’s busy kitchens and dining rooms.

The last in the season of the Town Hall talks, the events have been hugely popular throughout 2018 and are due to return with a fascinating and lively programme throughout 2019.

Christmas Dinner from Edward I to Edward VII starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 13 December at the Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine.

For more information and to book tickets online visit, purchase from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, or telephone 01323 415415.

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