|Texas Strawberry soda sold at Juneteenth celebrations|
Today is Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when all U.S. slaves gained their freedom. Two and half weeks earlier, President Abraham Lincoln’s two executive orders set slaves free in confederate states (except for the border states of Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, or Delaware, and not in Tennessee, Texas and parts of Louisiana and Virginia). The June 19th declaration informed all slaves that they were now free. “Juneteenth” began thereafter in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and I suspect other “delayed emancipation states” with annual parades and festivals. In1980, the Texas legislature made the celebration an official state holiday with several other states following suit. By 2002, seven states recognized the day through various proclamations, and four years later, twenty states observed the day in some fashion. In 2005, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the historical significance of Juneteenth, but still has yet to give it official holiday status. In addition to Texas style barbecue and soul food there is generally plenty of Texas strawberry soda sold at Juneteenth celebrations. Why strawberry soda? One reader commented, “Red foods are popular at Juneteenth such as barbeque, red soda & red velvet cake & always include [red] rice. Not sure why? Can anybody else provide the why part this question?
Juneteenth Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Juneteenth
Food Festivals with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Festivals
Rhubarb Story and Red Punch Recipe: /www.foodasalens.com/odasalens.com/2010/07/july-1930-langston-hughes-and-punches.html