Smithsonian Food History Weekend

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October 26-28, 2017

Join us in the fall of 2017, as Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History brings together culinary leaders, researchers, practitioners, and scholars to inspire Museum visitors to understand the history of food in America and the role they play, individually and collectively, in shaping the future of food.

Through live cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, talks, experiences with incomparable collections, and much more, the 3rd Annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend will explore how food has been both a bridge and a barrier to cultural connection in America. From farmers to home cooks to top chefs, how does food migrate with people? Where does our food really come from? And how have people negotiated their differences and celebrated their commonalties over food throughout American history?

Celebrate food history with us through five unique events over the course of three days:

The Smithsonian Food History Gala
Thursday, October 26, 2017

A gala evening dedicated to the history of American food that brings together a dynamic crowd to celebrate leaders in the food world. 



Audience member asking a questionThe Smithsonian Food History Roundtables
Friday, October 27, 2017

Leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers will address big issues around food in America via talks, discussions, and presentations throughout the day.


Chef in kitchen with plates

Dine Out for Smithsonian Food History
Friday, October 27, 2017

Want to continue the Smithsonian Food History Weekend festivities over dinner? On Friday evening, restaurants around D.C. will feature a special dish on their menus inspired by Julia Child.


The Smithsonian Food History Festival
Saturday, October 28, 2017

A full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present, and future of food in America.



Beer glass being filled at tap

The Great History of American Brewing
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Join us at the museum... after hours for a special evening of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation.





If you would like to support the 2017 Smithsonian Food History Weekend or for more information on how to get involved, please contact Kari Fantasia, Deputy Director for External Affairs, at 202-633-3302 or