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Feasts, workshops from Macphail's new kitchen

A newly renovated kitchen at P.E.I.'s Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead is allowing the historic property to expand its programming.

Province provided $25,000 for updates to the Macphail homestead kitchen

Macphail homestead hopes to build on the success of its organic garden in its newly renovated kitchen, says site manager Doreen Huestis. (CBC)

A newly renovated kitchen at P.E.I.'s Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead is allowing the historic property to expand its programming.

The upgrades will help the homestead host its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts and operate its tea room.

In addition, new classes on canning, baking, and making an outdoor oven will be offered this summer.

Site manager Doreen Huestis said the changes were inspired by the homestead's one-acre organic garden.

The province put up $25,000 for the kitchen renovation. (CBC)
"That has been so successful for us, that we thought developing programs using the produce in the garden would be a great next step for us," said Huestis.

"We are actually having a chef come this weekend to work with our cook, and just develop a new menu for our tea room, cooking in a healthier way, using fresh produce, that sort of thing. So we'll definitely be making good use of the kitchen."

More than two dozen people attended the Homestead's first class, on using medicinal herbs.

The homestead received $25,000 from the province to improve its outdated, cramped kitchen.

The homestead is a non-profit organization that preserves Sir Andrew MacPhail's 1850s birthplace and honours his contribution to P.E.I. heritage.

MacPhail was a doctor, a veteran, and an agricultural innovator.

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