What started as a Facebook group made up of people from across the U.S. interested in traditional Appalachian food has grown into the first annual “Appalachian Food Summit: A Celebration of Our Appalachian Food Heritage.”
The event take place May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman.
The multi-state gathering, the first of its kind, is bringing together authors, chefs, farmers, advocates, scholars and consumers dedicated to preserving traditional Appalachian foodways and supporting a future where farming, local food and culinary tourism are part of economic development in the region.
The Summit will include a program with keynote presentations by notable heirloom seed saver Bill Best and award-winning documentary filmmaker Jamie Ross, a book signing with Appalachian cookbook authors, an oral history booth where participants can share their Appalachian food memories and an information fair featuring regional food and farm organizations.
The Summit will conclude with a dinner sponsored by Kentucky Proud’s new Appalachia Proud label. The dinner is being prepared by acclaimed chef Travis Milton, a native of Castlewood, VA, with produce, dairy and meats culled from mountain farms in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.