The Smithsonian Food History Festival

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Food History Festival  |  After Hours

On the third and final day of the Smithsonian Food History Weekend, join us for a day packed full of fun food history activities for all ages.

Start your day off with the free day-long Food History Festival, full of hands-on learning, demos, and more or amp up your Saturday night as we go After Hours at the Food History Weekend to explore craft beer history.


Warren Brown speaks to audience

The Food History Festival

The Festival presents a full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present and future of food and community in America. Activities throughout the day include:

  • Screenings of archival and documentary films
  • Special curator-led exhibition tours
  • Hands-on learning activities
  • Rarely-exhibited museum objects on display
  • Cooking and agriculture demonstrations
  • Garden tours and activities from Smithsonian Gardens


Stay tuned for updates and the schedule or sign up for the Smithsonian Food History Newsletter for the most up-to-date information.



Visitors speak to curators with museum objects on display

After Hours at the Food History Weekend

Wrap up this exciting weekend with an evening exploring the relationship between America's craft breweries and their communities.

This evening is a part of the museum's American History (After Hours) program, an ongoing series mixing intriguing topics and modern-day approaches with delicious food and drink. 


For access services, please contact, preferably 2 weeks in advance.


Smithsonian Food History Weekend is made possible through generous support from:

John Deere

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

The Brewers Association

If you would like to support the 2016 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