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Hybrid Collard Greens Festival September 25-26

Sep 02, 2021 06:00AM ● By Staff

The 12th annual Collard Greens Festival will take place virtually and in-person in Stonecrest on September 25 and 26.

“The primary mission of the festival is to promote family/community unity, healthy food and lifestyles and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and traditions of African Americans,” says Dr. Nobantu Ankoanda, founder and producer of the festival.

The virtual portion of the festival will be available on Saturday from 12 noon to 11 p.m. The Sustainability Pavilion will host talks and demonstrations on organic gardening, solar cooking and how to deal with GMO foods. Raina Turner, co-founder of the Black Sustainability Summit, will be a featured speaker. 

There will also be youth activities and music. Virtual programming will occur sequentially so interested attendees need not miss anything.  

The in-person portion of the festival will take place on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. at First African Church, 5197 Salem Road in Stonecrest. It will include the King and Queen Collard Greens Cook-Off and food order pick-up. Attendees will be able to sample cooking from competing chefs and vote for their favorites. The first prize winner takes home $500.

Among food items offered for purchase and pick-up is the festival’s signature offering, collard greens ice cream, which Ankoanda describes as “the healthiest frozen dessert on the planet!”

Live music will be featured, and more vendors are being added. ❧

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