Cooking by candlelight

See upcoming dates below

Times: 5:00 pm to approximately 9:00 or 10:00 pm

Cost: $125 per person ($95 for Old Sturbridge Village Members)

The program takes place in the Parsonage. Participants will meet in the main Visitor Center

Enjoy a unique opportunity to prepare and eat a meal as early New Englanders did. Participants gather in the Parsonage, where costumed interpreters oversee the preparations, but the guests do the roasting, baking, and mulling. Roast meat using a tin reflector oven, fire a brick bake oven, and mull spiced cider over the hearth before sitting down to enjoy the delicious results, all by candlelight.

“What a great experience. We have gone twice over the last two years and plan to go again this winter. The program, the staff and the new friends made at the event, are just some of why we keep coming back for more.”

-Karl K.

Each evening is limited to 14 adults ages 18 and older. Families with children (ages 8 and up) can participate in a similar program called Families Cook. Learn more here.

2019/2020 Menu:

(Subject to change)

Mulled Cider
Potted Cheese w/ Common Crackers
Onion Soup
Dried Apple and Cranberry Pie
Long Rolls
Curried Fowl
Roasted Pork w/ Kitchen Pepper
Carrots & Parsnips
Mild Mustard Sauce
Dressed Macaroni
Stewed Red Cabbage
Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream


In order for our staff to prepare and have all the necessary ingredients, registration closes at 8:00 am the Wednesday before a given date.

This program typically runs on select Saturdays in October, January, February, and March. Check back at a later date for more information and to register!