Southern Food Heritage Day is celebrated annually on October 11th. Southern cuisine is the essence of America. It brings together different people and cultures from all over the world, which is why such a diverse and unique cuisine was formed.
Southern Food Heritage Day celebrates the very best of Southern food and drink. Scottish, French, German, Native American and African cuisines have made the greatest influence on the southern cuisine of America. Southern cuisine is a combination of different culinary cultures and traditions. The Spanish, French and Native Americans contributed to the development of Southern cuisine using their own dishes and recipes related to their culture.
Products such as tomatoes, zucchini, corn are traditionally used for cooking in the Southern regions of the United States. There are also special cooking methods, such as deep pit barbecuing. Many of the local recipes originated with Southeast Indian tribes such as the Choctaw, Caddo, and Seminole. Most products derived from flour, sugar, milk and eggs have European roots.
Southern food can be divided into several categories: “Creole food”, which has a French flavor, “Caju cuisine”, which has become a reflection of the traditions of Canadian immigrants, “soul food”, which has a strong influence of African culinary traditions, which often uses rice, vegetables and peanuts. Appalachians eat mostly canned meats and vegetables. Native Americans brought corn to Southern cuisine.
Here are some interesting facts about Southern Food Heritage Day:
- in 1860, after emancipation from slavery, the southern diet becomes more varied;
- in the 1940s, southern dishes are gaining popularity in restaurants;
- in 1964, the term “soul food” first appeared.
How to celebrate
You can celebrate this day by gathering friends or relatives and organizing cooking according to old recipes, you can experiment and try to add something new. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can stroll to the nearest Southern-themed restaurant and order classics like pie or fried chicken. But it is best to have a barbecue, because this is an integral part of the southern culinary heritage. Grill meat with vegetables, served with your favorite sauce.
When is Southern Food Heritage Day Celebrated in 2022?
Southern Food Heritage Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It happens annually on October the 11th each year.