By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
Cullman will celebrate its agricultural roots this summer by dining on all locally produced vegetables and meat at the inaugural “Farm to Fork” dinner.
Local residents and farmers will come together Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warehouse District’s Rotunda for the dinner hosted by the Cullman Farm City Committee, Cullman Master Gardeners and the Cullman Chamber of Commerce. The event will be an unofficial kickoff for the Farm Y’all Festival at Festhalle Market Platz on Aug. 24.
“Cullman County is well established as one of the state’s top agriculture producing counties, “said Brian Lacy, chairman of the Cullman Farm-City Committee for 2013. “Farm-City is excited to be a part of the Farm Y’all Festival that celebrates and promotes agriculture in our community. I think the farm-to-fork dinner will become an annual tradition people look forward to as part of the festival.”
A few tickets for the dinner are still available for $50 each at the Cullman County Extension office. Tickets must be purchased by July 19.
Chef Clif Holt, owner of Birmingham’s Little Savannah Restaurant, will prepare the food with the help of Chris Villa, head of Wallace State’s culinary arts program, and the college’s culinary arts students. Holt is known for using fresh locally produced ingredients in his creative dishes.
“One of the unique features of the event will be the interaction between those who come for dinner and the farmers who are providing the food,” Lacy said.
A farm family will be seated at each table to enjoy the meal and talk with guests about agriculture in Cullman County.
After the meal, award-winning storyteller Dolores Hydock will provide entertainment. Hydock is known for her funny, affectionate stories about family, food, true love, turnip greens and other peculiarities of everyday life. Her award-winning adaptations of oral histories and her own life experiences are magical, Lacy said.
Checks for dinner tickets should be made out to the Cullman County Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Tony Glover at the Cullman County Extension office at 256-737-9386.