Free and open to the public
The Harvest Festival celebrates the role of food and plants in sustaining vibrant cultures from around the world. This year the focus is on the importance of seeds. There will be live music, dancing, and storytelling alongside opportunities to learn about different harvest traditions from Dejope (Madison) and around the world.
The Harvest Festival celebrates the ongoing Kitchen Garden Project which has been highlighting the crops, cuisines, and cultures of our African American, Hmong, Indigenous, and Latinx partners. It also features student research that focuses on the importance of harvest festivals to communities across the globe. This year it will include UW student projects on harvesting in Italy from Prof. Menechella’s Literature in Translation 410 Food Cultures of Italy First-Year Interest Group, and a presentation by local Italian chef Francesco Mangano (owner and chef of Osteria Papavero, author of The Osteria Papavero Cookbook, and 2023 James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef).
Co-sponsored by Allen Centennial Garden, Center for European Studies, Department of French and Italian, and others. Funded with grants from Wisconsin Humanities, Wisconsin Art Boards, and others.