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Food activist author fronts Portland Roots Festival

Olivia Olivia | 8/6/2014, 11:37 a.m.
Author, activist, and chef Bryant Terry, will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s Roots Festival, a multicultural celebration of foods and a chance to learn about food accessibility and the food justice movement. Terry will share his background in food activism from his latest book, Afro-Vegan (April 2014).

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) will be hosting Portland’s second annual Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sunday August 10. The celebration is a chance for locals to learn more about food accessibility and the food justice movement.

An entire day and early evening will be dedicated to local performers, food, culture, dance, and community. The diversity includes African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food venders, non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. Health-related activities and information on health and sustainability will be available for a variety of audiences, including children and families.

Author, activist, and chef Bryant Terry, will be the keynote speaker, sharing his background in social justice and food activism from his latest book, Afro-Vegan (April 2014). Terry welcomes these discussions and has himself been at the forefront of a food justice movement before.

His last reading in Portland, at the Celebration Tabernacle in May, featured fresh food samples and paved the way for his return over the summer.

Jordan Davis, who works at PCRI and is organizing parts of this year’s festival, hopes Sunday’s event “exposes people who aren’t familiar with African or African American culture to new food and music, to a culture that may have not have previously had access to.”

Davis highlighted that this year, the festival welcomes a variety of acts, including West African drummers, spoken word from youth and adult poets, hip hop, an all-girl dance group, a youth ballet group, a rock band, and dozens of other acts in support of the African American Food Justice Movement.

“Last year was great and we can’t wait to do again this year,” Davis says. “We have so much to share it’s incredible.”

The Portland Roots Festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. Entrance to the festivities is free. For more information, check out pcrihome.org.

--Olivia Olivia