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Kwanzaa—The Harvest Feast

Founded in 1966 by graduate student Maulana Karenga in response to rioting during the Civil Rights Movement, Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation. The non-denominational holiday encompasses spiritual and festive rejoicing of the goodness of life and nature. Participants commemorate the past and look to the future.

Kwanzaa derives its name from the Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits of the harvest". The holiday lasts for seven days, from December 26th to January 1st , and is guided by seven principles known as Nguzo Saba. The Kwanzaa Karumu, a traditional communal feast, is held on the final day of the holiday. Cultural ceremonies and entertainment accompany the feast, which is decoratively presented family-style.

The following menu is a compilation of FoodFit recipes that symbolize the meaning and incorporate the tenets of Kwanzaa. Traditional dishes integrate both the African and Southern cultures of African-Americans.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with our Karumu Menu:

Spicy Gumbo
BBQ Pork Chops with Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, Mushrooms and Onions
Magical Greens
Barley and Black-Eyed Pea Salad
John Ash, Fetzer Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA
Smoked Oyster and Greens Spoon Bread
John Fleer, Blackberry Farms, TN
Grilled Plantains
Steven Raichlen
Chocolate Celebration Cake

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