Yam Festival: Behind the Beloved (and Delicious!) Westridge Tradition
Posted 11/20/2019 10:00AM

This week, our community will host the 22nd annual Yam Festival (lovingly called "Yamfest"), a feast of epic proportions featuring dishes in which the yam is the main ingredient. 

Yamfest is a tradition that began in 1998 when a planning committee from the Families of Black Students at Westridge (FOBSAW) became interested in celebrating the "harvest" month of October in a way that recognized the cultural diversity of the school. They learned that the yam is grown on every continent in the world, and is a major food product harvested during this time of year. In an effort to develop cultural awareness and promote inclusion at Westridge, the first Yam Festival event sponsored by FOBSAW was held in November that year. Westridge administrators and faculty, staff, students, and parents brought yam-centric dishes to share with the community... and the rest is history! 

Today, parents prepare hundreds of sweet and savory yam dishes from around the world for students to enjoy while dressed in their finest yam-inspired attire. The Westridge community (including many alumnae who return just for this event) gathers on Ayrshire Court for a pre-Thanksgiving lunchtime feast and to spend time together. Check out the video recap from last year's Yamfest below!


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