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2018 SFA Summer Symposium: Lexington, KY
Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center
Lexington, KY
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2018 SFA Summer Symposium: Lexington, KY
Lexington, Kentucky, is a food and literature citadel, an idealized college town where farmers and cooks and writers tell new stories about the South. Join SFA for a three-day Summer Symposium that explores this diverse city at the heart of the Bluegrass region. Through lectures, oral history presentations, documentary films, dinners, tastings, and experiences, SFA will frame the centrality of Kentucky in the regional food conversation.

Highlights include:

Rebecca Gayle Howell, the poet, on the countercultural promise of Lexington
Novelist Crystal Wilkinson sings a song of black land
Sam Fore of Tuk Tuk Lexington and Jonathan Searle of Lockbox fry chicken and okra
Elizabeth Catte, author of What Youre Getting Wrong About Appalachia, gets it right
Jan Fernheimer, the Jewish studies scholar, talks religion and bourbon
Edward Lee, author of Buttermilk Graffiti, talks future tense Kentucky foodways
Frank X. Walker, a founder of the Affrilachian poets, speaks truths
Robert Gipe, author of the illustrated novel Trampoline, drops the mic
Sam Gleaves, Silas House, and friends perform the folk play In these Fields.
Alexis Mezza showcases oral histories and tamales from Mexington
Ouita Michael schools all in soup beans, chicken croquettes, and yeast rolls
Ava Lowery, SFA Pihakis Documentary Filmmaker, gets filmic with pinto beans

SFA Headquarters will be the 21C Museum Hotel, where a block of rooms is reserved for registered attendees, but events will take place in locations across the city. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at the Lyric Theater, 300 E. Third Street, Lexington. A full schedule of events with locations will be emailed to registrants on June 15. Registrants should plan to convene on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and events will last until 10 p.m.

Underwriting from Anson Mills and VisitLEX supports this event.

Please note:
The 2018 Summer Foodways Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, is a members-only event. All current SFA members received an email on March 27 with a password to purchase tickets. Questions about membership should be directed to info@southernfoodways.org.

Only SFA staff may request refunds for attendees outside of the BPT mandated window.


Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center (View)
300 E Third St.
Lexington, KY 40508
United States


Education > Tours
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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