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Consuming (Non)-Local Food at Festivals: Questioning Commodified Food Localism and Identities of Place in Kentucky's County Festivals

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This paper examines representations of localism in the process of branding Kentucky food products at county festivals. Since the collapse of the tobacco-based agricultural economy in Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, county extension service, farmers, and consumers have sought profitable alternatives, including local direct sales of food products. At the same time, many Kentucky counties have promoted county food festivals that showcase locally grown products as symbolic representations of their localities. Through participant observation and key informant interviews, I examine the extent to which such county food festivals are successful venues for the construction of commodified food localism that may provide a viable alternative income stream for local farmers.

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localism, commodified, Kentucky, festivals
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Futamura, Taro. "Consuming (Non)-Local Food at Festivals: Questioning Commodified Food Localism and Identities of Place in Kentucky's County Festivals" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, Aug 10, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p127751_index.html>

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Futamura, T. , 2006-08-10 "Consuming (Non)-Local Food at Festivals: Questioning Commodified Food Localism and Identities of Place in Kentucky's County Festivals" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p127751_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines representations of localism in the process of branding Kentucky food products at county festivals. Since the collapse of the tobacco-based agricultural economy in Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, county extension service, farmers, and consumers have sought profitable alternatives, including local direct sales of food products. At the same time, many Kentucky counties have promoted county food festivals that showcase locally grown products as symbolic representations of their localities. Through participant observation and key informant interviews, I examine the extent to which such county food festivals are successful venues for the construction of commodified food localism that may provide a viable alternative income stream for local farmers.

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