L-R Boyzell Hosey, Bernard Rembart, (winner) Broderick “Buckwheat” Scott of Wild 94.1 and Samantha Wilson
By Allen A. Buchanan, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG –The inaugural Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival was held at the Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum Feb. 24.
“It started from a seed of an idea about who had the best collard greens,” said Tampa Bay Times Assistant Managing Editor for photography/multimedia Boyzell Hosey.
This friendly boasting with his business partner Samantha Wilson blossomed into a huge, tasty idea that the whole community could experience. The street festival included cooking and hands-on urban agriculture demonstrations, bounce houses for the kids, and of course, a collard green cook-off to end all cook-offs.
The Edible Peace Patch was on hand helping kids understand the foundational elements of planting gardens and each child was able to take home a little pot and start their own garden. And so that the adults didn’t feel left out, they were privileged to a demonstration on how to properly cultivate and manage a collard green garden.
Dr. Mendee Ligon, DDS spoke about the importance of dental care and the direct linked between dental health and overall health, and history came to life through an interactive skit and Trail Walk by the African American Heritage Association.
Now, back to the food.
In listening to many of the collard greens chefs, the secret to killer greens seemed to be in the seasoning mix and the olive oil.