Big Mama’s Collard Greens Festival celebrates community and Southern cooking

Big Mama Collard Green Fest
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Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 11:07 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - On Saturday, a community event at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center celebrated community and food at Big Mama’s Collard Greens Festival.

Chefs from restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties showcased their collard greens recipes with hopes of being crowned “Big Mama.”

“It does my heart good. It does my heart good and without God none of this would happen,” said Valerie Buchand, the president of Newtown Nation.

Some of the recipes featured at the event date back more than 100 years, using influence from Cajun, Creole, Southern and Caribbean Styles. The event promoted community, and went from noon to 6 p.m.

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