8th Annual Okra Occasion Aug 26, 2023 in New Port Richey

Eighth Annual Okra Occasion

Saturday August 26, 2023, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New Port Richey Public Library 

Downtown New Port Richey, Florida, at Main & Madison
Less than a festival but more than an ordinary day! 


Presented by New Port Richey FarmNet & New Port Richey Environmental Committee

Hosted by New Port Richey Public Library 

Major Sponsor ~ Rotary Club of New Port Richey 

Join in the fun while sharing the magic of okra – one of Florida’s forgotten summer vegetable treasures.  There will be samples of delicious okra dishes, okra recipe books, okra seeds and maybe some fresh okra for sale by local growers. Come for the seasonal food and learn about sustainable living.  

Besides enjoying this local food-sovereignty event and agrarian celebration of local produce, the public is encouraged to see what a zero-waste event looks like and learn about compostable dining materials.  

All plates, bowls, cups, and utensils used at the Okra Occasion are certified compostable or recyclable. All will be collected and composted or recycled after the event, with compost being used by gardeners in the FarmNet community. Left-over food to be given away or composted.

We will have a presentation on the City’s commitment to urban agriculture, New Port Richey FarmNet, agrarian programming, the seed library, and of course the famous Okra Tasting Tour. Remember, this is a tasting event, not a buffet.  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for the top three recipes.

Okra recipe books will be available for sale. 

Announcement for local growers:  If you are growing okra, please contact planner, Dell deChant.  If you are not growing okra, please consider planting some.  It is not too late to get a harvest. Contact deCahnt at: ddechant@tampabay.rr.com

Announcement for local chefs, cooks, and kitchen talent:  To enter a dish in the annual okra tasting tour, please contact planner, Dell deChant.  We will welcome seven entries (and one alternate) in the tasting tour. Entries will be welcomed on a “first contact” basis. Contact deChant: ddechant@tampabay.rr.com

2023 Okra Occasion Dishes:  To be announced soon.

Support for this is event is gratefully received from the City of New Port Richey, Rotary Club of  New Port Richey, New Port Richey Public Library, New Port Richey FarmNet, the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey, Rose’s Bistro, and volunteers committed to agrarian ideals and practices. 

For media contacts, please contact planner, Dell deChant, ddechant@tampabay.rr.com

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