The Smithsonian Food History Festival

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A full day of free activities and experiences celebrating food history for visitors of all ages.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

About | First Floor | Second Floor | Third Floor Outside 


ABOUT

The Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival is a free day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of food and community in America. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages. All activities are free.

Details about the 2017 Festival schedule, participants, and subjects will be announced late August 2017. For the most up-to-date information on schedules, participants, and more, sign up for emails from Smithsonian Food History.

One important thing to know about The Festival: there are no food tastings available at this festival; just food history! There are however, lots of things to do and if you do get hungry while visiting, the museum has a cafe and cafeteria that will be featuring special dishes connecting to the theme of the 2017 Smithsonian Food History Weekend: Many Flavors, One Nation.

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FIRST FLOOR

Complete details about the 2017 Festival schedule, participants, and subjects will be announced in August 2017. To receive updates as they happen, sign up for emails from Smithsonian Food History.

Woman prepping food at kitchen counter
LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West

Chefs, historians, and special guests will share tips and stories and prepare dishes that reflect their cultural and family traditions from the museum’s demonstration kitchen stage.

 

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THE KIDS TABLE

Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West

A place for young cooks to participate alongside the cooking demos while expanding their chef skills by touching, smelling, looking, and doing. Open during each cooking demo.

 

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WONDERPLACE STORYTIME

Wegmans Wonderplace, 1 West

Looking for a fun option for your youngest food enthusiast? Food-themed storytimes will be taking place throughout the day in Wegmans Wonderplace, the museum’s (and the Smithsonian’s) only exhibition space for kids aged 0–6.

 

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SPARK!LAB CULINARY ACTIVITIES

Spark!Lab, 1 West

A space for curious culinary minds ages 6 to 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent.

 

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DEEP DISH DIALOGUES

Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center

Join historians, diplomatic specialists, chefs, restaurateurs, and a celebrated food journalist as they dig deeply into the cuisines of the new America. 

Free registration is recommended due to limited seating.

 

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FESTIVAL BOOK SIGNINGS

Various locations, 1 West and 1 Center

Meet and have books signed by various participants of the Festival



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SECOND FLOOR

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AGRICULTURE ON THE MOVE

Flag Hall, 2 Center

How have plants, animals, and people moved together around the globe throughout history? Talk to farmers who produce food today and learn the migration stories behind things like chocolate, watermelons, wheat and more.


THIRD FLOOR

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CLOSE UP: FOOD HISTORY OBJECTS & RESEARCH

3 West

Curators display rarely seen collections objects and pieces that tell stories about the history of food and migrations of people in American history.


OUTSIDE

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SMITHSONIAN GARDEN ACTIVITIES

Outside gardens

Step outside to the museum's Victory Garden for some hands-on activities and garden history. 

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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 FantasiaKa@si.edu.