The Poke Salat Festival, named after the traditional Southern dish “poke salat,” is a cherished annual event in Arab, Alabama, celebrating the town’s rich heritage and community spirit.
Events and Activities
The festival features a diverse array of activities, including live music performances spanning various genres, from country to rock and blues, providing entertainment for all ages. Artisans and crafters from the region display their works, offering a unique shopping experience with items ranging from handmade jewelry and pottery to woodcrafts and textiles. Culinary delights are a major highlight, with food vendors serving up traditional Southern fare, including the festival’s namesake dish, poke salat, prepared from the wild pokeweed plant. For the younger attendees, children’s activities and games ensure a fun-filled day. The Poke Salat Festival also includes contests and competitions, adding an element of friendly rivalry to the festivities.
For those interested in space and science, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in nearby Huntsville provides an in-depth look at America’s space program, featuring rockets, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. History buffs can explore the Cathedral Caverns State Park, home to one of the largest cave entrances in the world and stunning geological formations. The park offers guided cave tours that reveal massive stalagmites and other ancient wonders.