Kalamazoo Valley Foodways Symposium
April 5 & 6, 2024 | FREE
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Kalamazoo Valley Museum,
230 N. Rose St., downtown Kalamazoo
6 – 7 p.m. Seed swap and a soft launch of the Kalamazoo Seed Collaborative.
7 – 8 p.m. Keynote address: “Healing Soils and Souls” — Join Kenyan land steward Akoth Ambugo in an evening of sharing her life’s journey and how the quest for purpose and identity has led her down a path of discovery, revealing layers that have added beauty and depth to her daily life. Akoth will share how community, food, spirituality and the search for health have made her return to the source of earthly foundations — soil.
8 – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy samples of Clark’s Specialty Kitchen Nigerian Fusion specialties.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Marilyn J. Schlack Culinary and Allied Health Building,
418 E. Walnut St., downtown Kalamazoo
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join us for a day of culinary exploration and musical performances from the African continent, featuring Ghanian peanut stew, a Jollof rice from Burkina Faso, a pumpkin stew from Liberia, a traditional breakfast of Uji from Kenya and so much more. A celebration is only complete with music, so Rootead Youth Drum and Dance Ensemble will complete the day with an interactive performance of West African dance. Presentations, youth activities, a community organization showcase, tours of the building and a brewery open house, with free samples, are available throughout the day. Lunch may be purchased at the Havermill Café. All are welcome!
The Foodways Symposium provides historical, cultural and practical insights into the region’s food and food systems, and equally important, serves as a yearly convening point for students, practitioners and the community to come together to ensure our local food system remains strong and vibrant.
The event is made possible in part by a grant from the KVCC Foundation.