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Smithsonian Food History Weekend

Food History Weekend 2020

Food History Gala from Home and Smithsonian Food History Weekend

October 15-17, 2020

The 2020 Smithsonian Food History Weekend and Gala from Home program featured 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 encouraged people to share their stories of resilience in the wake of unprecedented economic, cultural, and public health pandemics. Together, we also explored models for food production and learned about grassroots efforts across the country that have responded to these crises. 

Watch the full program here 

  • 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


Last Call: Beer Futures

On Friday, October 16, we enjoyed a virtual beer gathering. The event started at 7 p.m. ET with an hour of live music curated by Les The DJ. From 8–9 p.m. we hosted 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 sold out this year!


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 was presented in a largely virtual format. Although we missed 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 developed a dynamic series of online talks, demonstrations, interactive conversations, and activities around this year’s theme, Food Futures: Striving for Justice.