Homowo Heritage Festival

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Forsyth Cooperative Extension


Homowo Heritage FestivalSaturday, September 3, 201610:00 am - 3:00 pmSt. Philips Heritage Center
(911 South Church Street)
The Homowo Heritage Festival is a celebration of African American foodways and culture.  It includes food tastings of authentic Ghanaian, Liberian and African American Soul Food, African storytelling, African drumming, dancing, hands-on activities such as okra painting, games and displays.  The Environmental Ownership Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Phi Omega Chapter will coordinate community garden groups to prepare a dish for the food tasting. Earl Ijames, curator with North Carolina Museum of History, will give a talk on From Africa to America to Your Plate.
Homowo (hō ΄- mō – wă) is a word from Ghana, West Africa which means “hooting at hunger.”  Old Salem’s African American seed collection is named for this.  We invite you to view our Homowo Harvest Collection.
Register for the Mancala Tournament – Join in the fun and test your math and strategic ability.  Winner gets a trophy!  To register email: lrucker@oldsalem.org.

Tentative Schedule of Activities
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Visit exhibits and displays
  • Shop for African/Ethnic Merchandise
  • Paint a picture using okra pods
  • Learn about the Homowo Seed Collection and planting tips

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Mancala Tournament
  • 11:30 am – 12:30
    Lecture: From Africa to America to your Plate presented by Earl Ijames, Curator, North Carolina Museum of History

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Food Tasting
  • African Drumming/Dance with Greater Vision Dance Company

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Drum Circle with the Healing Force

Activities are included with an Old Salem Museums & Gardens tour ticket. College students are FREE (with current student ID)

Begin your visit at the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road) where you can enjoy a free orientation video and free parking.

Click to learn more about African American Heritage in Old Salem