Most people will have heard of Thanksgiving and even know when this is – well American Thanksgiving anyway – anyone here make a big deal for Canadian Thanksgiving in October?
So, what is Thanksgiving all about? Well, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is nowadays knows as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
American Thanksgiving did indeed start as a Harvest Festival and was celebrated as a holiday on and off for close to 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed this to be a national holiday – Thanksgiving – to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. This was changed to the 4th Thursday in November by President Roosevelt in 1939 (because that year there were 5 Thursdays).
Turkey is the centrepiece of Thanksgiving dinner which keeps in the tradition of the first way back in 1621. Pair this with some traditional sides such as mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and sprouts and you could be forgiven for thinking this is just an early Christmas dinner.
What about desert? Well if you still have room for this then our Halloween favourite, the humble pumpkin, steals the show – Pumpkin Pie – don’t knock it until you have tried it! Another firm favourite is the sweet Pecan Pie!
This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday 22nd November. With a huge number of expats living in London, the restaurant scene has risen to the challenge and Blakes is no exception of course as we will be offering our own Thanksgiving Day Menu.
So, come join us, give thanks and eat far too much!