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See, smell and TASTE history at Fort Nisqually’s Plough to Plate

June 5, 2019

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is serving up a unique celebration of 19th-century recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Fort will be filled with dozens of chefs preparing dishes over open fires, on the cast iron stove, and in the bake oven.

Kids can participate in an egg and spoon race, a typical game played during the Victorian period.  There will also be a pancake race where participants run a course while flipping a pancake in a frying pan. Throughout the day guests can tour the heritage kitchen garden, poultry house, orchard, and grain patch and learn how these relate to the agricultural history of the Fort.

Visitors will be able to sample food prepared in our period kitchen and bake oven, test their knowledge of edible plants & herbs and even try their hand at working in the hay field.


The highlight of the day is the cooking competition with our period chefs who try to impress the judges with flavor and presentation to win the coveted “Golden Skillet” and “Golden Mold” awards. “This unique, live, outdoor cooking competition is a delight for the senses,” stated Jessica Smith, Events & Volunteer Assistant. Fort cooks will attempt to sway the judges with their use of common Victorian ingredients and cooking techniques. They also earn points for writing an entertaining story about the dish's history at Fort Nisqually, the historical authenticity of the dish and for using produce and herbs directly from the Fort’s gardens. Judging will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Event admission is $8.50-$10.50, children 3 and younger are free. For more information visit or call (253) 404-3970.

About the museum

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and headquarters of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.

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