Food; What's your Story?
Did you know that throughout numerous cultures, many of the festivals, holidays and celebrations we observe today have their roots in food? Some started as celebrations of a bountiful harvest or successful hunt or as way to look forward with hope to the beginning of a new growing season.

Often communities would join together during these times to connect with family, friends and neighbors in the spirit of cooperation. Food was the center of celebrations in the good times, but also of consolation in the difficult ones.
Food is so important and interwoven within our cultures and societies that we often relate it to very specific times of the year. For example, there many full moons throughout the year which are named for their correlation to the harvest of a particular food item that was abundant around the same time. June's "Strawberry" moon and September's all encompassing "Harvest" moon are but a couple of examples. I bet you can guess why February was known as the "Hunger" moon.

We want to hear your food related story. What events, celebrations or special moments and happy memories (or even the sad ones if you are willing to share) in your life are centered around food?
Here are some examples...

Cultural and Religious celebrations:
• Passover/Seder dinner
• Ramadan/ Eid al-Fitr
• Hanukah
• Mardi Gras
• Christmas
• Easter
• Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Family Events
• Wedding
• Birthday
• Anniversary
• Social events
• Dinner party with friends
• Picnics
• cookouts/BBQs
Seasonal Events
• Harvest festivals
• canning parties
• Strawberry socials
• Thanksgiving

Here are some questions to ask yourself around these food related events.
• What is the significance of the celebration to that religion/culture/family?
• What is the significance of the Social/Seasonal Event?
• What foods commonly associated with the celebration/event and why?
• What are some food customs/rituals/beliefs/practices of that religious/cultural/family/social or seasonal event or celebration?

Please Submit your story (500 words or less) and we'll publish it on our website and social media sites.
Who are you? (Your name?) *
Your answer
Where are you from? (where were you born, where did you grow up?) *
Your answer
What's your story? (500 words or less) *
Your answer
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