Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival, Tampa Bay's celebration dedicated to inspiring healthier families and communities through Southern culinary, cultural, and expressive arts experience! This year's festival includes demonstrations by Founder of the Florida Black Farmers Association, Howard Gunn, Celebrity Chef Julius Forte of Forte Fuels: Real Food From Real People, Cultural Historian and Cookbook Author Sally Ann Robinson of The Gullah Diva, and International Basket Weaving Artist Sonja Griffin Evans. Youth activities will be hosted by Sustainable Urban Agricultural Coalition, Edible Peace Patch, Ms. Joe's Garden, and Bartlett Park Community Garden in the KidZone directly across from the Museum. Of course, the 2nd Annual Collard Green Cook-Off hosted by Jasmine Styles of ABC Action News will be heating up throughout the day, and don't forget to catch the Tai Chi class with Andrew Walker of the National Senior Games Association- right after you grab a bite at one of the delicious food trucks in the Galleria of Greens behind Chef Creole's restaurant! The festival will take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum located at 2240 9th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712 and the adjacent St. Petersburg Historic Deuces Corridor. Listed below are the ways in which we need your help! Sign up for the shifts that appeal to you. We are so grateful for your support and to have you share your skills with the community - it takes a village!
How do I sign up?
Sign up below for shifts that strike your fancy! Please have your friends and family sign up individually. If you are volunteering with an organization please list the organization in the comments. Remember to bring any volunteer logs or documents so we can sign off on your hours!
Where do I park?
We encourage all who are able to carpool, bike, or ride public transportation to the festival. Free parking will be available all day at the St. Petersburg College Midtown campus located at 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
What do I receive for volunteering?
Each volunteer receives a festival t-shirt, a certificate of volunteer service, and the satisfaction of knowing you were a part of creating sustainable change right here in our hometown. We can sign volunteer hour sheets for you! Let's get green :)
Is this festival friendly to all?
YES. The Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival is a free and safe event accessible to all who wish to learn, experience and share in our community’s wellness. The event grounds contain grassy areas which may present challenges for the uniquely-abled, however the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum itself is wheelchair-friendly. Our volunteer coordinator and directors will be on staff all day to accommodate any and all requests.
I want to volunteer but I will need accommodations. Can this be arranged?
YES. If you want to volunteer to serve our community, we can make that happen. Please let our volunteer coordinator know in advance what accommodations you request in the “comments” section and email [email protected] immediately following your sign up. Thank you!
All volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend the Volunteer Orientation sessions.
We will be hosting a volunteer orientation phone conference the week prior to the festival (Sunday 2/10/19 at 4 p.m.). During this session our coordinator will swiftly review procedures and duties specific to each volunteer role and answer any questions you may have.
9 A.M. FESTIVAL BEGINS
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Dondu Dole Urban African Ballet
9:30 a.m. Howard Gunn, Founder of FL Black Farmers Association
"Urban Agriculture: Why It Matters" - Woodson Legacy Gardens
10:30 a.m. Chef Julius Forte of "Forte Fuels: Real Food From Real People"
"Meal Prep: Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits” - Woodson Legacy Gardens
11 a.m. COLLARD GREEN COOK-OFF ENTRIES SUBMITTED - Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sonja Griffin Evans: "The Gullah Way"
International Cultural Artist, Storytelling Expert Feat. Traditional Basket Weaving - Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrity Chef: Cooking w/ Sallie Ann Robinson, “The Gullah Diva”
Cultural Historian & Cookbook Author - Woodson Legacy Gardens
2nd ANNUAL COLLARD GREEN “COOK-OFF” JUDGING BEGINS
Hosted by Jasmine Styles (ABC Action News) - Woodson Legacy Gardens
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. National Senior Games Association: Tai Chi
"A Gentle Way to Fight Stress" by Andrew Walker - Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
3 p.m. 2nd Annual Collard Cook-Off Prize Awarded
Special Recognitions and Photo Ops - Woodson Legacy Gardens
4 P.M. FESTIVAL ENDS
KIDZONE OPEN ALL DAY! 9th Ave South between 22nd St South & Jordan Park Way
- Edible Peace Patch Project
- SUAC- Sustainable Urban Agricultural Coalition
- Ms. Joe's Garden
- Bartlett Park Community Garden
> ARTS AND CRAFTS
> BOUNCE HOUSE
THANK YOU to our sponsors: John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Tampa Bay Times, WUSF, Pinellas Technical College, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, Callaloo Restaurant, American Culinary Federation Tampa Bay Chapter, The Edible Peace Patch Project, African American Heritage Trail, Arts Conservatory for Teens, The Well, and the St. Petersburg Historic Deuces Corridor... and of course, all of our volunteers!
Volunteer Coordinator for TBCGF ’19
Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
|| Allison Hauser