Laura’s Southern Dish: Okra

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 Whether it is fried, boiled or frittered; tossed in a creole, a casserole or gumbo; cooked with tomatoes or greens there is just nothing like OKRA!  And if you love it like I do then check out these two okra events.

 Want to partake in some great food including okra, gumbo, fish, barbecue, pig ears, ice cream, local produce and did I mention okra?  Then mark your calendar for August 27th and head to Burkville, Alabama for the Okra Festival. Cause what better way to end the month of August then by attending, what many describe as, “a big family party.”   The Okra Festival is a celebration of cultural arts, music, crafts and of course food!  This event boasts fun for all ages including special events for the kids like games, spacewalks, face painting and crafts.  There is also plenty of things to purchase such as homemade quilts, preserves, artwork, food, books and jewelry.   Want to know more – check out  www.okrafestival.org.

Next up is the 38th Annual Okra Strut in Irmo, South Carolina.  The festival is two days of fun – this year’s dates are September 23rd and 24th.   This cool fest got its start when a local woman’s group wanted to raise money to build a new library and the Okra Strut was born!   The festival  hosts a street dance, parade, arts, crafts, rides, petting zoo and of course loads of great food!  Nearly 55,000 people make their way to Irmo, South Carolina each year for this event and I am sure they would love to have you and yours too.   Click on www.irmookrastrut.com for more information.

 Now that everyone is good and hungry for okra be sure to check out Stacey’s recipe for Okra Fritters, Fried Okra II, and The Best Fried Okra – DELICIOUS!

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