Smithsonian Food History Festival

A free food festival for all ages that explores the past, present, and future of food innovations in America.

As part of the Smithsonian Food History Weekend, the National Museum of American History is hosting a day-long festival for families, students, food-enthusiasts, history buffs and more to jump into food history!

Through live cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, film screenings, curator-led tours, activities in the Victory Garden, and the chance to meet culinary stars, experts, and more… join us as we explore innovation in food: what’s new, what’s old, and what’s yet to come? See the full schedule:

Featured guest include: Chefs Pati Jinich from Pati’s Mexican Table, Red Apron Butchery’s Nathan Anda, Bon Appetit’s Jim Dodge, Cakelove’s Warren Brown, and Neftali Duran from The Short Bread; writer Maureen Ogle, David Mas Masumoto of Masumoto Family Farm, and many many more. Full list:

Food History Festival Schedule Overview:

10:30 am – 4:45 pm
Join us in the museum’s new demonstration kitchen for 30-minute demonstrations approximately every hour featuring special guest chefs exploring everything from tea, to Mexican cuisine, to baking, to charcuterie and more.

11:45 am – 5:00 pm
Authors, historians, and experts sign copies of books that explore food history from the field to the plate.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Re-invent the shopping cart, talk kitchen gadgets, and take inspiration from Julia Child’s rolling pins and try your hand at inventing a rolling device that makes shapes and symbols as it rolls in the museum’s newly opened Spark!Lab.

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm
Watch archival food film footage and reflect on the role of film in the innovation of food at 11:00 am or catch the screenings of the documentaries, “Farmland” at 1 pm and “Changing Season on the Masumoto Family Farm” at 3:30 pm.

11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Join curators for a special food history tour of the exhibits: “American Enterprise,” “Within These Walls,” and “FOOD: Transforming the American Table.”

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Step outside and explore the garden! Go on tours of the museum’s Victory Garden, create works of art with the “flower pounding” technique, and learn about seed saving and make your own seed packet to bring home.

For the full list of activities, times, and more go to: