The smell of campfires, sizzling bacon, and simmering stews will greet visitors during "What's Cooking?" at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, June 15, 11am-5pm. Watch as the Fort's re-enactors will cook on a wood stove and over numerous campfires to prepare a variety of 19th century dishes. This year, celebrity guest judge Dick Stein, co-host and producer of KPLU's Food for Thought, will help select the winner of the event's cooking competition and award the "Golden Skillet."
Visitors of all ages can enjoy playing games, taking a turn at churning butter, and engaging in conversations with dozens of re-enactors throughout the Fort, including blacksmiths, wool spinners, trappers and traders, laundresses, and ladies and gentlemen. There is also a presentation about 19th century cooking and a demonstration of all things butter related — churning, paddling, and molding.
Located in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the Fur Trade era. 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. For information and admission, call (253)591-5339 or go online to fortnisqually.org.