Ever wonder how and why locals came to love scrapple, crabs and delicacies like muskrat? Wonder no more. The Friends of Old Dover are giving people a taste of food and its history at “Eating Like Ancestors” next Wednesday.


Ever wonder how and why locals came to love scrapple, crabs and delicacies like muskrat? Wonder no more. The Friends of Old Dover are giving people a taste of food and its history at “Eating Like Ancestors” next Wednesday.

Local storyteller Ed Okonowicz will give guests a clue as to where some of our favorite regional foods came from and why they became tradition. Crabs, fowl and yes, muskrat, is all on the table as far as discussions.

The talk is sponsored in part by the Delaware Humanities Forum, which has hosted the discussion before. The Friends of Old Dover decided to localize it and add actual food samples, according to Friends of Old Dover President Larry Josefowski.

Guests will learn about the food’s history and sample it for themselves. Josefowski said you don’t hear the term “scrapple canape” thrown about too often, so guests should take advantage of this opportunity to taste one. Caterers will be making fare including crabs and cornbread, possibly some local cider and rums, and brewer Fordham will be supplying locally made brews.

Friends of Old Dover hosts multiple talks and events per year, including programs on preserving family treasures and May Day basket making at Old Dover Days. The group also looks at the history and preservation of other communities on Delmarva, and will host a bus trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2012.