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HINDMAN — What started as a Facebook group made up of people from across the U.S. interested in traditional Appalachian food has grown into an upcoming historic gathering.

The first annual Appalachian Food Summit: A Celebration of Our Appalachian Food Heritage will take place Sunday, May 18, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Hindman Settlement School.

This multi-state gathering, the first of its kind, is bringing together authors, chefs, farmers, advocates, scholars and consumers dedicated to preserving traditional Appalachian foodways and supporting a future where farming, local food and culinary tourism are part of economic development in the region.

The Summit will include a program with keynote presentations by notable heirloom seed saver Bill Best and award-winning documentary filmmaker Jamie Ross, a book signing with Appalachian cookbook authors, an oral history booth where participants can share their Appalachian food memories and an information fair featuring regional food and farm organizations.

The Summit will conclude with a dinner sponsored by Kentucky Proud’s new Appalachia Proud label. The dinner is being prepared by acclaimed chef Travis Milton, a native of Castlewood, Va., with produce, dairy and meats culled from mountain farms in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.

The day’s program from noon to 6 p.m. is free and open to the public. Tickets for the dinner are sold out.

The Appalachian Food Summit group is a community of chefs, farmers, advocates, writers and scholars with the purpose of elevating mountain food culture to greater heights. You can find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/Appalachianfoodsummit.

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