Past Comes to Life with Flavors of the Ozarks

food-photographyThis May, the Fayetteville Public Library is cooking up something really special.  As part of Arkansas Heritage Month, the library presents Flavors of the Ozarks: Linking Past to Present.  The library will host programs on Saturday, May 10th that spotlight the shared Ozark food heritage that help unite us as a community.

10:00 am:  What’s For Dinner?:  Evolution of Ozark Food Cultures

This panel will discuss how the Ozark food scene has evolved from the pioneer days to the present day.  From the reliance on local farming and resources, to the emergence of our restaurant-centered communities, our speakers will explore the common culinary elements that link the past with the present and how food has shaped our entire community.  Panelists include:  Tim Nutt, Head of UA Special Collections and editorial board of Arkansauce: The Journal of Arkansas Foodways; Velda Brotherton, author of Arkansas Meals and Memories; Kat Robinson, author of Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley; and Pauline Arnold, with Ozark Natural Foods.  Walker Community Room, main library.

11:30 am:  Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstrations

Explore traditional Ozark cooking by joining us for this Dutch Oven cooking demonstration.  Learn the history and importance that this cooking method offered previous generations and the versatility that it still offers to the modern cook.  City Hospital parking lot, across from main library.

1:00 pm:  Recipes From the Heart:  Documenting Family Stories Through Our Links with Food

This writing workshop explores the powerful connections we make over food.  Many of our strongest family memories will center around holiday dinners, picnics, or special dining experiences.  This workshop will show you the best ways to capture those memories and recipes in writing, so you can share them with family, friends, and future generations.  Walker Community Room, main library.

Thank  in advance for your participation and assistance in spreading the word about this event.  This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.

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