American events in History

April 27, 2023
Turning Points in American

October 27 - 29, 2016

Join us in the fall of 2016, as Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History brings together culinary leaders, researchers, practitioners, and scholars to inspire Museum visitors to understand the history of food in America and the role they play, individually and collectively, in shaping the future of food.

Through culinary demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, tastings, talks, experiences with incomparable collections, and much more, the 2016 Smithsonian Food History Weekend will explore the relationship between food, politics, and people.Audience member asking a question How have we participated, as individuals and communities, in shaping American food and foodways? Whose voices are influencing food policy today? What are the critical issues, and what role does democracy play in the future of food in America

Talk and taste your way through food history in 2016 over three days of activities and events:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A gala evening dedicated to the history of American food that brings together a dynamic crowd to celebrate leaders in the food world.

Chef in kitchen with platesThe Smithsonian Food History Roundtables
Friday, October 28, 2016

Leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers will address big issues around food in America via talks, discussions, and presentations throughout the day.

Dine Out for Smithsonian Food History
Friday, October 28, 2016

Want to continue the Smithsonian Food History Weekend festivities over dinner? On Friday evening, restaurants around D.C. will feature a special dish on their menus inspired by Julia Child.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present, and future of food in America.

After Hours at the Smithsonian Food History Weekend
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Join us at the museum... after hours for a special evening of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation.

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

John Deere


The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

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

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