A new downtown mural and several special events have been appetizers for the Smithsonian Institute's Key Ingredients: America by Food Exhibit that is coming to Reedsburg October 22 through December 3. The traveling Smithsoian exhibit will be hosted at the Wollen Mill Gallery at 27 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI. Gallery hours will be Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday it is closed to the public but available for school and group tours.
The Worm Farm Institute played a key role in bringing this exhibit to Reedsburg. The traveling exhibit is a way to expand the outreach of the national museum. Reedsburg is the first of the six Wisconsin communities to host the Key Ingredients exhibit. Key Ingredients: America by Food examines the wealth of history and culture that shapes our dining habits and taste preferences.
There will be five kiosks from the exhibit share recipes, menus, ceremonies, and etiquette, explaining how they are directly shaped by our country's rich immigrant experience, the history and innovations of food preparation technology, and ever-changing availability of key ingredients.
Many local businesses and individuals will be sponsoring various programs, exhibits and tours that reflect Sauk County's own complex food heritage. the Worm Farm is also organizing Reedsburg's first every Fermentation Fest. There is something cooking in crocks, kettles, and jugs in Reedsburg. For the six weeks of the exhibit, the Fermentation Fest will celebrate the local abundance in America's heartland with a series of tastings, cooking classes, brewing seminars, and farm tours.
For more information go to http://www.wormfarminstitute.org/FFKey.html