For three years, Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with Southern Foodways Alliance, a member-supported organization at the University of Mississippi whose mission is to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.
In fall of 2014, the Southern Foodways Alliance began working on The Saltwater South, a long-term oral history project documenting the stories of men and women making their living off the waters of the American South, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and the inlets, rivers, and creeks moving through the region.
The project started in the Lowcountry, and the SFA and Charleston Food + Wine have partnered to premiere these stories at the 2015 festival. Panels showcasing the interviewees will be spread throughout the Culinary Village and guests can hear full histories on-line or watch oral histories on the festival landscape.
The Saltwater South: Charleston Stories will be released on the SFA’s web site in conjunction with the festival. Some of stories from shrimpers and oysterwomen, crabbers and fishermen, will be on display throughout the Culinary Village during the festival.
And to celebrate the stories behind Lowcountry kitchens and tables, the Southern Foodways Alliance will debut the SFA Oral History Bus at Charleston Wine + Food, filming oral history interviews and collecting stories of Charleston’s culinary past and present at the 2015 festival.
With the support of Charleston Wine + Food, the Southern Foodways Alliance will document stories of Charleston’s cooks, artisans, chefs, farmers, and purveyors during the festival. These culinary luminaries will share their stories of the Lowcountry. While some are Charleston natives and some are from afar, all claim this place as the source of their influence and inspiration.
Join us to learn, share and swap delicious and historic stories of the Lowcountry at the 2015 festival.