Erie Eats

We are excited to announce that the Erie Canal Museum was one of 13 non-profit organizations and municipalities to be awarded an Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grant in 2021. The grant will help fund Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project.
This project showcases the diverse ways in which the Erie Canal radically impacted how people in New York State and beyond interacted with the most basic building blocks of human life – food and drink. Through a major exhibition, public programs, historic preservation, and innovative community partnerships, the Erie Canal Museum is highlighting the many ways in which the histories of the Erie Canal and foodways have intersected over the last two centuries and will continue to interact in the future.
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Upcoming Programs

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Beers, Bikes, and Barges: Syracuse
October 7 at 5:30 PM

Join the Erie Canal Museum and Talking Cursive Brewing Company for the 2nd installment of this hour-long cycling tour through Syracuse looking at its unique brewing and Canal history, including Greenway’s Brewing, which once occupied the same site as Talking Cursive Brewing Company today! The ride begins at the Erie Canal Museum and ends at Talking Cursive, right down the street, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

Lunchtime Lecture with Patrick Reynolds: Jesse Williams and the Cheese Factory System
October 21 at 12:00 PM

Patrick Reynolds, Director of Public Programs at the Oneida County History Center, will discuss Jesse Williams and the history of modern cheese making that begin in the 19-century Canal Corridor. Williams founded the first cheese factory in America at “Highland Mills” north of Rome,  and was heralded by John H. Kraft of Kraft Foods to have, “exemplified the spirit which has made the dairy industry the largest agricultural industry in America.”

All Erie Eats programs are funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.


This project is dependent upon the generous support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation, along with support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as a part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. 


The Erie Canal Museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.