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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Obscura Society DC: A Spicy Sprint Through European History

Sample popular spices from antiquity to the Victorian era with Atlas Obscura and DC’s Bazaar Spices!

You can tell the history of the world through the history of its flavorings. From the Romans’ use of marshmallow to the Victorians’ preference for nutmeg, spices and herbs have always been commodities that tell us a lot about geography, commerce, agriculture and culture.

Join Obscura Society DC for a unique history lesson and exclusive spice tasting with the experts at Bazaar Spices, Washington DC's first locally-owned and operated gourmet spice shop. We will have the opportunity to learn about the origin of some of the world’s most popular spices while sampling spice blends popular in different eras.

Our tasting history of spices will begin in ancient Greece before moving on to ancient Rome, the Middle Ages and ending in the Victorian-era. Bazaar Spices’ experts will explain how spices were sourced at different periods in history, demonstrate how they were prepared, discuss how spice profiles changed over time, and share a recipe from each period.

Adventurers can continue to explore new, exotic and wonderful spices after our event. Each guest will receive a coupon for 15% off any purchases made in store on Oct. 1.

Notes for this adventure:

  • This location is easily accessible via Metro’s green and yellow lines and via several bus lines.
  • Metered street parking is available nearby but can be difficult to come by. If you plan to drive, please give yourself enough time to find a parking space. Bazaar Spices does not validate parking in any garages.
  • This event is open to adventurers of all ages but we are not offering kids pricing for this event.
  • We hope you’ll share photos with us on Twitter and Instagram @AtlasObscura and @bazaarspices using the tag #ObscuraSociety.

All ticket sales are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to Ashley at ashley.bowen-murphy@atlasobscura.com.