Appalachian Food Summit

Honoring our past, celebrating our present, supporting a sustainable food future. 


The Appalachian Food Summit is a community of writers, chefs, farmers, scholars, community activists and traditional mountain food enthusiasts gathered around the table to honor the past, celebrate the present and support a sustainable future for Appalachian food and people.

Founded in 2013, the first Summit gathering was hosted in the Spring of 2014 at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky and drew a crowd of 75 traditional food enthusiasts from the region and beyond.

The second Appalachia Food Summit took place on September 26, 2015 at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia. The gathering included speakers, discussions and locally sourced meals prepared by Appalachia-based chefs showcasing some of the best in traditional and innovative mountain cooking.


The 3rd Annual Appalachian Food Summit
Gray Auditorium, Presser Hall- Berea College
This year, the Appalachian Food Summit explores and honors some of the underrepresented stories of our region by traveling the roads and routes that shaped them. From drover’s roads to back roads, routes of outmigration to homecomings, country stores to gas stations, we will engage narratives that challenge the accepted history of Appalachia and showcase the lasting impact diverse communities have made on mountain foodways. In this time of transition for Appalachia, where are our paths leading us now? We’ll discuss this and more with thoughtful minds like Gurney Norman, Toni Tipton Martin and Steven Alvarez. We’ll also consider the future of craft beer in Appalachia, the influence tourists have on perceptions of the region and the lessons we can learn from the trade routes of yesterday. Prepare for a journey along the many routes our mountain families have traveled as we sit at a shared table that honors the diverse origins, continued evolutions and never-ending nourishment of the Appalachian plate.






Become a Member of the Appalachian Food Summit!

Membership in the Appalachian Food Summit:

  • Supports the work of the Summit to host an annual conference by subsidizing ticket prices
  • Helps our fledgling community grow into a sustainable organization
  • Expands our growing body of work and program offerings that promote the preservation and advocacy for mountain foodways

Membership dues earn members the first chance to buy tickets to the annual Appalachian Food Summit gathering. These gatherings have sold out- quickly!- two years in a row. Support our growing community and be the first in the know about upcoming events!

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