Homowo Heritage Festival on September 3

Full Day of Fun Events


News media contact

Scott Carpenter

336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AUGUST 26, 2016) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens is presenting a Homowo Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Homowo Heritage Festival is a celebration of African American foodways and culture.  It will include a tasting of African and African American dishes,storytelling, drumming,dancing, and hands-on activities such as okra painting and mancala.

Activities include:

  • Visit exhibits and displays
  • Shop for African/Ethnic Merchandise
  • Paint a picture using okra pods
  • Learn about the Homowo Harvest Seed Collection and planting tips
  • Mancala Tournament (10 to 11 a.m. To register email lrucker@oldsalem.org)
  • Lecture: From Africa to America to your Plate presented by Earl Ijames, Curator, North Carolina Museum of History.11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Food Tasting at 12:30 p.m.
  • African Drumming/Dance with Greater Vision Dance Company
  • Drum Circle with the Healing Force 2 p.m.

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

The Environmental Ownership Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter and the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension’s Community Garden Mentor Program will coordinate community garden groups to prepare a dish for the food tasting.

All activities included with purchase of an All-In-One ticket, which is $27 for adults and $13 for children ages 4-18 or a Two-Stop ticket, which is $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-18. College students are free with a valid ID. This event is free to Friends of Salem. Purchase a ticket online at oldsalem.org or at the Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road). For more information, please call 336-721-7300 or email info@oldsalem.org.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.