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Smithsonian Food History Weekend

Food History Weekend 2020

Click here to access the Food History Gala from Home and Smithsonian Food History Weekend Programming

October 15-17, 2020

The 2020 Smithsonian Food History Weekend and Gala from Home program will feature the voices of leaders involved in the myriad aspects of the food system—from agriculture, to restaurant kitchens and food banks across the country. Our virtual gatherings will encourage people to share their stories of resilience in the wake of unprecedented economic, cultural, and public health pandemics. Together, we will also explore models for food production and learn about grassroots efforts across the country that have responded to these crises. 

We hope that you will join us and contribute your thoughts and energy in considering how you can support people working toward a more sustainable and equitable food system 

  • Thursday, October 15
    • 6:30 p.m. ET - Smithsonian Food History Gala from Home! Free to attend.
  • Friday, October 16
    • 11:00 a.m. ET - Deep Dish Dialogue: Rebuilding the Food System
    • 1:00 p.m. ET - Deep Dish Dialogue: Why Food Justice Matters
    • 3:00 p.m. ET - Cooking Up History: Resilient Culinary Traditions within the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with Chef Nico Albert
    • 7:00 p.m. ET - Last Call: Beer Futures 
  • Saturday, October 17
    • 11:00 a.m. ET - Deep Dish Dialogue: COVID-19 and Hunger
    • 1:00 p.m. ET - Deep Dish Dialogue: A Better Deal for Food Workers 
    • 2:00 p.m. ET - Cooking Up History: La Vida Verde L.A. with Chef Jocelyn Ramirez 
    • 3:00 p.m. ET - Cooking Up History: Living Lively: Youth Empowerment through Food with Chef Haile Thomas

Click HERE to access the Food History Weekend and Gala from Home programming. 

Last Call: Beer Futures

On Friday, October 16, let's enjoy a beer together, virtually. Tune in starting at 7 p.m. ET for an hour of live music curated by Les The DJ. From 8–9 p.m. join us for a conversation among several innovators who are imagining—and creating—new futures for American beer, from grain and flower to glass. Our tasting package of beers has sold out. Please grab your favorite beverage to sip as you relax with us from home.  


Note on the 2020 Smithsonian Food History Weekend and the Gala from Home Programs

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Smithsonian’s 6th annual Food History Weekend will be presented in a largely virtual format in 2020. Although we will miss welcoming our many audiences and special guests to the National Museum of American History as we have for the past five years, the health and safety of our audiences and staff are of primary importance. Rest assured that we have developed a dynamic series of online talks, demonstrations, interactive conversations, and activities around this year’s theme, Food Futures: Striving for Justice.