AUBURN UNIVERSITY— Auburn University’s Black Student Union ended Black History Month with a soulful bang as it featured some of The South’s finest comfort food at its annual Soul Food Bazaar dinner. The event took place Monday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Foy Dining, drawing in over 200 participants.

The purpose of the Soul Food Bazaar is to give Auburn students a glimpse of African American culture by providing them with some of the signature dishes that are popular within the black community. This year’s menu featured fried fish, chicken and pork chops accompanied by mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cornbread, candied yams, collard greens, cabbage, black-eyed peas and fried okra. Desserts included apple pie, peach cobbler and banana pudding.

“We not only feed students, but we attempt to educate them on the origin of the cooking as in what inspired the way the food was prepared,” said student Deion Darby, activities director for BSU. “We hope students gain more insight into the African American culture by providing them with the setting and context in which the food originated, and we also hope to give students a chance to experience these foods if they never have before.”

During the event, guests were invited to watch a presentation which provided insightful information on the history of soul food, as well as the preparation process of a few foods featured on the menu. Guests also participated in dancing, trivia and card games.

“My favorite part of the evening would have to be fellowship,” said Alyssa Patterson, a junior studying exercise science. “Bonding over food is practically every family’s tradition, and being that BSU is a family, Soul Food Bazaar is kind of like our Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner—a time for people of all cultures to come together to celebrate the black culture.”

Black Student Union is an inclusive organization that seeks to welcome all Auburn Students. To become a member, a student is required to attend at least five general assemblies, or join BSU on AUinvolve. Meetings are held every Monday at 5 p.m. in Student Center Room 2222/2223.

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Written by Wynter Battiste

Last modified: 03/27/2017