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Feb. 5 - 2020 Georgia Heritage Foods Revival to Celebrate Southern Foodways, Farm-to-Table Cuisine in Savannah, Ga. on March 22

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 5, 2020 - The 2020 Georgia Heritage Foods Revival will bring traditional Southern foodways to the Heirloom Farm at Wormsloe Historic Site, located at 7601 Skidaway Rd. in Savannah, Ga., on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, celebrates organic, sustainable, heirloom foods in Georgia. 

Highlights include a farm-to-table dinner featuring freshly prepared, locally sourced cuisine as well as live music and an open bar serving handcrafted cocktails from Ghost Coast Distillery, specialty wines and craft beer from Service Brewing. Tickets are $125 per person and are available at Eventbrite.

“The Georgia Heritage Foods Revival offers the opportunity to reconnect with Southern heritage foodways and with our local farming landscape,” said event organizer Sarah Ross, who also serves as the Director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History and the Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe. “We encourage attendees to sample locally grown and harvested food and to celebrate Georgia’s remarkable agricultural roots as well as its rich culinary history.” 

The Georgia Heritage Foods Revival will feature top regional chefs, local oysters and Sapelo Island farmers Doc Bill Thomas and Jerome Dixon. Heritage pig breeder Mark Mousseau of Hamthropology will roast wild Ossabaw Island pigs onsite.   

The Georgia Heritage Foods Revival is focused on raising awareness of the incredible diversity of heirloom vegetables, oysters, hogs and other iconic foods that have defined life along the Georgia coast for centuries. The event also strives to underscore the importance of preserving biodiversity in local agriculture. Today, approximately, 80 percent of all plant-based foods produced globally come from just 12 species of grains or tubers.

“We want to celebrate traditional Southern foodways and to honor the people who produce and prepare heritage foods in Georgia,” said Ross. “We’re thrilled about this opportunity to bring people together to enjoy farm-to-table cuisine that’s grown, harvested and prepared right here in coastal Georgia.”

Proceeds from the 2020 event will benefit the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with Social Roots Seeds, which is dedicated to sharing Southern heritage crops, inspiring chefs and empowering farmers by providing heirloom seeds, free of charge.

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