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Ruby Shaw

2015 Florida Folk Heritage Award Winner

Ruby Shaw grew up learning family recipes and cooking techniques from her mother on a farm in White Springs, Florida. In 1953, she began participating as a culinary vendor at the Florida Folk Festival and continued for the next 60 years. In 1957, she was invited to prepare the food for the ground breaking ceremony of the Stephen Foster Memorial Carillon. Mrs. Shaw has been a mainstay at Road Scholar events and Rural Folklife Days, where she led hands-on activities that promoted North Florida’s traditions and foodways. Her repertoire of traditional Southern and North Florida dishes is expansive, including chicken pilau, crackling cornbread, mustard and turnip greens, biscuits, and blueberry cobbler, but she is best known for her award-winning peanut brittle. In the spring of 2014, Mrs. Shaw was recognized with the inaugural Legends and Legacies Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park for her contributions to the Florida Folk Festival. Her dedication to sharing her extensive knowledge of local foodways and traditional culture has enriched not only the community of White Springs, but the entire state of Florida.