Best Festival for Food Lovers

Smithsonian Food History Weekend at National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, (202) 633-1000
The American History Museum has always been a good place to see glamorous gowns worn by presidential wives and culturally significant television props, but since adding Julia Child’s kitchen to its collection, the museum has become the premier place to learn about the role of food in our nation. Over the last year, it has doubled down on that commitment not only by hiring its first beer historian but also by expanding its annual food history festival. Over the course of a weekend, authors and scholars presented panels about labeling, labor, and other ways food and politics intersect, while other food personalities hosted cooking demonstrations. Local restaurants also got in on the action by offering a meal on their menus inspired by Child’s recipes, turning the event into a citywide celebration of eating and culture.