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Indigenous People's Day Cooking Demo and Celebration

Gather on the Solitude Lawn to celebate Native foods as part of honoring Indigenous People's Day at Virginia Tech.

This special event will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, and will mark the first time there has been enough surplus from the Indigenous friendship garden to feature and share the Tutelo strawberry corn grown there.

A tremendous amount of gifted, foraged pawpaws — a wild edible often planted, tended, and used by Monacan and other Native peoples — will be available to share. The corn will be made into both a sweet pawpaw and maple hoecake as well as into savory three sisters fritters.

Along with food demonstrations, the celebration will feature musical performances by Charly Lowry, and special messages from President Tim Sands and Virginia tribal leaders. 

All are welcome to attend and taste the dishes. A rain location will be held in Owens Ballroom. Register for the event here

Click here to see a full roster of Virginia Tech events in honor of Indigenous People's Day. 

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