Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center 

This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture, there will be arts and crafts. There will be music and storytelling. And lots to do in the form of food.

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, author of the recently released “The Cooking Gene, will be on-hand all day doing open-hearth cooking demonstrations.

A bee encounter will teach how the ins and outs of beekeeping and why it matters.

A seed swap table will serve as the site where families can browse through heirloom seeds (and even bring their own to share), as well as hear stories of how Georgians from ages past adopted plants from around the globe to grow their own food, fiber, medicine and shelter.

And, at the sachet and poultices demonstration, festival-goers can try their hand at concocting curing ailments while learning how plants were used in homegrown remedies, herbal medicines and natural care.

When its time to fill the gullet with food and drink after learning about food and drink, attendees can visit JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting, Jimella’s Bakery, the Nerd Dawgs Hot Dog Cart and a cash bar pouring local craft beer, wine, bloody marys and juice boxes for the wee ones.

Fall Folklife Festival. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23. $9-$21.50 (The program is included in the cost of general admission and is free to members. Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000; AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family.

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