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Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates men and women whose lifework enriches Southern food culture. Seven SFA awards and honors recognize these cultural standard bearers.

2009 John Egerton Prize Winners: Hayley Downs and Julie Kahn

The Southern Foodways Alliance awarded the inaugural John Egerton Prize to Hayley Downs and Julie Kahn. Both women are second generation Floridians and artists.

Intrigued by Florida Crackers* and interested in Slow Food, they decided to document Hayley’s father’s wild game feast in DeLand. As they worked, they discovered a community connected with the disappearing primordial Florida landscape. The original project evolved into a film, titled Swamp Cabbage, that amplifies the voice of an under-explored and often-stereotyped region, and also addresses broader contemporary issues of conservation and community.

*In Florida, Cracker is a term of pride referring to the descendents of Florida pioneers known for their ability to survive in the treacherous Florida wilderness. It is unrelated to the slur meaning ignorant white bigot.



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


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