ARAB, AL (WAFF) - If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you still have time to make it to the 34th Annual Poke Salat Festival in Arab.
The festival centers around Pokeweed, which you may not be familiar with, but to people living on Brindlee Mountain, it's more than just a weed. It's a reason to celebrate.
Steve Pardue owns L'Rancho, the small corner cafe in downtown Arab that serves poke salat during the festival.
"Well, it's a green leafy thing that grows out, this time of the year it comes up about all the time. But, this year we've kind had a little problem getting some of it. I think the weather has kind of changed it a little bit. We've used and eaten it for years and years." Pardue explained about the wild weed.
Some of you may ask, is this dish safe to eat?
"It is safe to eat, but you have to boil it. Once you pick it, you have to peel the leaves off of it. You have to wash them. You have to boil it three times. Wash it in between each time. And once you do all that, then you can fly it on the flat grill with bacon grease and eggs." said Pardue.
"It's a gathering of the community to share everything that we have and just enjoy being together and celebrating Poke Salat." said Sharon Shaver of the American Legion Auxiliary.
The festival has a lot to offer besides poke salat. Booths and vendors line the sidewalks with children's activities, arts and crafts, live music, and a dog parade. Regular festival goers say it brings everyone together.
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