Celebrating Black History Through Food

by Mackenzie Stasko on February 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

The 18th annual "Taste of Color" was held at the Zanesville Civic League Community Center on Saturday. Over 100 people gathered together to eat lunch in honor of Black History Month. Residents were able to sample different types of American and ethnic food all while enjoying entertainment from the Jazz Impulse Band and by the Civic League Junior Dance Group.

"The event started 18 years ago for a couple different reasons. One of the reasons was to celebrate Black History Month, another reason was to get people out in our community to celebrate in general by eating together and bringing forward their dishes that they eat traditionally in their households," ZCCC Executive Director Duff Bailey said.

The food was prepared by community members and some of the food was donated by local restaurants. The event featured Mexican, Soul, and German cuisine. Dishes included jerk chicken, sauerkraut, collard greens, red beans and rice, and pickled eggs to name a few.

"We have a great community here and that’s one of the things that this activity promotes, and not only that it shows you, it gives you an example of the type of community we have. It’s a very giving community and a very loving community. And this is one of the ways you can see that, is by coming to one of these events," Bailey said.

Proceeds from the "Taste of Color" benefit the Zanesville Civic League Community Center programs including after-school care and other youth programs.