Homowo Heritage Festival

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford


AKA Garden Plot Harvest

Alpha Kappa Alpha Garden Plot Harvest


Art with Okra Pods

Art with Okra Pods

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

Homowo Heritage FestivalSaturday, October 3, 20159:30 am - 4:00 pmThroughout the Historic District

The Homowo Heritage Festival is a celebration of African American foodways and culture. It includes a tasting of foods associated with African American cuisine, talks about legacy farming and hands-on activities such as okra painting, games and music.

The Environmental Ownership Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter will coordinate Community Garden groups to prepare a dish for the food tasting.

For Community Garden groups who wish to participate, it can be any dish(es) of your choice and we ask that you prepare enough for 10+ people. Competitions will be held for the largest gourd, pumpkin watermelon, as well as the hottest pepper. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cheryl Harry, Director of African American Programming, at 336-721-7399 or cdharry@oldsalem.org.

Visit the Single Brothers House to see a period dish being prepared for the tasting.  Visitors may sample sweet potato fritters at the Single Brothers Workshop until noon. We will “spread the table” from 1 pm – 2:30 pm. Chefarmer Matthew Raiford, owner of Gilliard Farm, in Brunswick, Georgia will do a talk on African American Farming. The Healing Force will conduct an African Drum Circle from 2–3 p.m.

Homowo (hō ΄- mō – wă) is a word from Ghana, West Africa which means “hooting at hunger”  which we named our African American seed collection.  If you have not already, we invite you to visit our webpage for more information.