Peter Kaminsky book signing
Indian Kabab and Bread Dinner

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Update: See my update post about the evening events that will be happening after the sun goes down.
What do chefs Mario Batali, Fabio Trabbochi, Morou, Michel Richard, Eric Ziebold, Alice Waters, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudomme, Charles Phan all have in common?

They'll be at the Smithsonian Folklife festival on the National Mall June 23 through 27 and June 30 through July 4 exhibiting the cooking of Food Culture USA.
WCTC is also working with area restaurants to extend the festival from the Mall during the day into the city’s restaurants at night featuring special events, tastings and chef’s dinners. I'm looking to post more information later about this as the details of the events come in.

From the web site:
Summer is all about food—from lemonade to ice cream, from Memorial Day picnics to Fourth of July barbecues. This year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 23-27 and June 30 - July 4) will turn its attention to the role of food in American society with Food Culture USA!, a multi-day, multi-chef and multi-stage exploration of cultivating, curing and cooking. Visitors to the Festival will see acclaimed chefs such as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse sharing the secrets of their techniques on demonstration stages. Some of Washington, DC’s top chefs and restaurateurs from neighborhood favorites will also offer cooking demonstrations. Alice Waters will recreate her Edible Schoolyard on the National Mall to help children understand where their food comes from. And during the course of the Festival, Washington, DC chefs will take the celebration beyond the National Mall and into the city, demonstrating their own crowd-pleasing favorites with special chef’s dinners and menu selections in honor of the event.



I'll have to say that is one of my most hated parts of the Folklife Festival. People sit in the tent in their portable kitchen and make food in front of you and then you don't get to taste. You don't even get a little recipe card. It's food taunting - you can't help make it. you can't taste. It's just mean.


Sounds HORRIBLE!! No seriously, I want to check it out this year. I've never been before and I figure seeing some of my favorite chefs cook will be a treat. Mario Batali is one of my favorite "Celebrity" chefs. I've never seen him cook anything that I wouldn't devour in a matter of seconds.


Mario is also one of my favs. Actually I am dying to see Alice Waters and her edible garden. THAT will be fun. And given the weather, the Folklife Festival won't be also know as the Smithsonian Festival of heat exhaustion.

The comments to this entry are closed.