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Louisiana food featured at Epcot Center

November 5, 2008

            Food products made from Louisiana’s specialty crops will be represented at the 13th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida on November 7, said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
            Louisiana was the featured state this year at the two-month long festival that concludes November 9. The theme of the festival is Great Food Cities of the World.
            Strain said the Louisiana exhibit is located at Epcot’s World Showplace pavilion and hosted by the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
            “The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will join in this tremendous opportunity to expose the world to Louisiana’s food by featuring mayhaws, pecans and sweet potatoes,” Strain said. “These are just a few of our specialty crops that really say Louisiana.”
            Strain said mayhaw jelly from Springhill Mayhaw Jelly, chocolate covered pecans from Pointe Coupee Pecan Company and pecan pralines from Creole Delicacies of New Orleans will be available for sampling at the event. Louisiana sweet potatoes will also be represented as well as another pecan product, cooking oil from Kinloch Plantation in Winnsboro.
            “Pecan oil is the perfect value-added agricultural food product that is low in saturated fat, has no cholesterol and a high smoke point." Strain said.
            Marketing representatives from the LDAF will demonstrate these specialty products at the festival.