This year's theme is food, and some of the presentations were quite interesting, but what they are selling at the stands there is mostly overpriced garbage, worse than any Smithsonian festival I can remember and inferior to what you can buy at a carnival.
Smithsonian, this is a complete disgrace - surely you could make a little more effort for this year when food is highlighted.
A summary of reviews by me and friends: The buffalo burger ($6) was cold and tasteless on a soggy roll. The smoked fish ($8) was overly dry and flavorless. The salmon salad ($6?) was OK with decent dressing and fairly moist fish, probably the best of the food. The chicken sausage ($8) tasted like what you get frozen at the supermarket, but was the second-best meal of this miserable lot. The fig juice ($3) was maybe iced tea? And why is middle-of-the-road beer $5?
(We didn't try the Omman stand food, but it can't be any worse and might be better.)
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