Stories and Snacks: A Festival of Home Cooking History

The Queens Memory Project and the Voelker Orth Museum are partnering for a festival of home cooking in Flushing, Queens.

This inaugural festival is an immersive celebration of food and cultural memory. Activate your senses and connect to the diversity of Queens culinary traditions as you explore the Voelker Orth House and its Victorian garden.

Hear from experts on history and cooking, taste samples from local food vendors, and swap family stories and recipes. See how to preserve a record of your family’s home cooking traditions, and get creative in hands-on family workshops.

Join us to add your stories, heritage, and food traditions to the living history of Queens!

Try samples from local artisanal producers of kimchi, pickles, kombucha, beer, and sourdough bread. Learn how you can preserve your food through live demos by experts in fermentation, pickling, and brewing!

Bring your own photos of family cookouts and holiday feasts, handwritten recipe cards, and family food mementos to scan with digital archiving experts from the Queens Memory Project. Learn preservation how-to’s in the areas of oral history and digitization. You’ll have the option to submit your newly preserved records to the forthcoming Queens Memory cookbook.

Join us in the living room for a line-up of expert talks and storytelling with your neighbors. Share a recipe steeped in family lore, from the tried-and-true classics to that out-of-date recipe you just can’t throw away. You’ll learn new techniques you can use at home, connect to the multicultural fabric of the city, and jump into guided conversations on celebrations, traditions, and humor.

Educators and artists will lead family workshops to connect kids to cultural recipes and family tradition in hands-on activities throughout the day.

We’re looking for independent, family-owned businesses interested in sharing the stories behind their food creations, offer small samples of their food during the event, and sell prepackaged food items to attending guests and patrons. Email for all details.


May 21 2023


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354