Save the Date: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Announces Third Annual Juneteenth Food Festival

 The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is thrilled to announce the return of its Juneteenth Foodways Festival made possible through the generosity of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. The festival is a vibrant celebration of freedom, culture, and culinary heritage. Mark your calendars for Friday, June 14,  from 4:30 to 8 p.m., as this historic site transforms into a lively hub of festivities. 


What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It is a day to honor Black Americans’ rich history, culture, and contributions to America’s culinary traditions. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, located in Indianapolis, serves as an apt venue for this celebration, highlighting the ongoing journey toward equality and justice.

Event Highlights

This year’s Juneteenth Foodways Festival promises an engaging experience for all attendees. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  • Culinary Delights: Enjoy a diverse array of food from local chefs and food partners, each bringing their unique flavors to the festival. Whether you’re craving traditional soul food or looking to explore new tastes, the festival offers something for every palate.
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations: Take a bite out of history with Second Helpings, who will be preparing an original recipe of White House Chef Dolly Johnson, who brought her American bluegrass style cooking to the Executive Mansion when Benjamin Harrison hired her to replace the French chef who had cooked for President Cleveland. 
  • Educational Opportunities: Meet Dolly Johnson herself, brought to life by Freetown Village on the front porch of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site! Learn about her extraordinary journey from being born into enslavement to being Benjamin Harrison’s White House Chef to owning several successful restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky!

The Juneteenth Foodways Festival is more than just a celebration; it’s a powerful reminder of the resilience and contributions of Black Americans throughout history. By attending, you not only enjoy an evening of fantastic food and entertainment but also support the ongoing efforts to promote cultural understanding and equality.

Join the celebration at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site! Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a foodie, or simply looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Juneteenth, this festival offers a memorable experience for everyone. Tickets are $20 for early access or free for general admission. Secure your ticket, today!

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