ZORA! ™ Festival Kicks Off with Dinner “Inspired by Zora”

Maitland, Florida – January 24, 2016 -The 27th annual Zora Neale Hurston™Festival  of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! ™ Festival) officially kicked off with Dinner “Inspired by Zora,” a buffet-style feast based on the book Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food by highly regarded author, food anthropologist and Babson College professor, Fred Opie, Ph.D. The event, also included a talk by Dr. Opie on Florida’s historic foodways as presented in Ms. Hurston’s work. “The annual Zora Neale Hurston festival is a sensational event that pays homage to an important contributor to the North American literary Canon as well as the study of the US South and the Caribbean,” says Opie.

Dinner “Inspired by Zora” was catered by “Eatonville’s Own” Lester Cunningham and will featured traditional local and regional dishes, prepared similarly to those covered in the book and presented in the most communal way. Offerings featured the following:
Station #1:  Fried catfish, Grilled Tilapia, Hush puppies, String beans, Lemongrass Rice
Station #2:  Chicken & Dumplings, Sweet Potato Pone, Mixed Greens
Station #3: Beef Stew (with Onions, Potatoes and Carrots), Sweet Corn Pudding, Black-eyed Peas
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Sweet Potato Pie
The event took place at Holy Trinity Reception & Conference Center and in addition to the talk and meal, guests will received Zora Neale Hurston poster and a copy of Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food.
Presented by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville community (P.E.C.), ZORA! TM Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that commemorates the life of 20th Century Renaissance woman Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world.  For additional information on ZORA! TM Festival 2016 events visit www.zorafestival.orgg  or call 407-647-3307.

For the full schedule of events, visit: http://zorafestival.org/full-schedule/full-schedule-3/

About Fred Opie, Ph.D.

Dr. Frederick Douglas Opie is Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College in Massachusetts and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Food Traditions; Food Systems; Elections; Movements; and Migrations. In addition to Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food, Dr. Opie also authored Hog and Hominy, Upsetting the Apple Cart and Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala 1882-1923.


About the Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, (P.EC.)

The Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, is the nonprofit historic preservation group that organizes ZORA! Festival and whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.



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