Juneteenth Foodways Festival

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Juneteenth Foodways Festival

MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF ELI LILLY AND COMPANY FOUNDATION 

COME SEE, TASTE, CELEBRATE AND EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF HOW BLACK CUISINE ADDS FLAVOR TO AMERICA’S FAVORITE FOODS.

Join us for this inaugural Juneteenth Foodways Festival that was inspired by an exceptional event. After the 23rd president of the United States took office in 1889, he made some important changes. He modernized the White House with the installation of electricity. He hired the first woman onto his professional administrative staff. And he fired the French chef working in the White House, and invited renowned Black caterer and chef Dolly Johnson to bring All-American cuisine to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Juneteenth Foodways Festival, made possible through the generosity of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, features an interactive food experience highlighting the hidden history of diverse Hoosiers from the 1860s-1890s from the perspective of African-Americans. It shares Black foodways contributions to American culture with a focus on Dolly Johnson, the White House Chef hired by President Harrison.

Dolly Johnson brought to life through an reenactment in partnership with Freetown Village.

With a wide array of some of Indianapolis’ most delectably diverse food offerings, this event will incorporate Black restaurants and entrepreneurship through Black cuisine and program partnerships with historically Black non-profit partners, and shares the importance of Juneteenth, and interconnects to the 2022 exhibit on Harrison and Civil Rights. It will become the most prominent and public-facing of our equity outreach programs committed to meaningful, authentic, mission-driven engagement with our core community.

We are excited to announce our partners:

Big Taste
Black Leaf Vegan
Black Lemon
Blue Avocado
Crispus Attucks Museum
David Williams- Author
Drip Small Batch Ice Cream
Freetown Village
Gip Got Tips
Glazz Galore
Groove Candles
Grub House
Guys Cooking Creation
Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Program
Market Square Popcorn
Marlo’s Kitchen
Panthera Elite
RMY’s Restaurant
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sweet Creations
Taste Of Luv by Dee
Taste Buddies
Tea’s Me
The Coney Lady
Turkey Galore
Xpressions Bookstore

Get out early and experience our HAPPY HOUR from 4:00pm-5:30pm. During Happy Hour you can purchase both small bites and full priced items from all your favorite partners!

Any questions? Please reach out to the Special Events and Marketing Manager at events@bhpsite.org.

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“When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?” Benjamin Harrison

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