Residents Will Miss the Chicken Pilau Tradition

Co-Founder, Don Vickers, says new food preparation rules and regulations have made the Concord Chicken Pilau fund raiser unfeasible. At the 2007 Concord Pilua, organizers say they fed over 4-thousand people. But more than the food--people will miss the annual gathering.

One resident, Cody Summers, recalling his experience said, "Living out here your whole life, you get to see a whole bunch of your friends, everybody. Everybody from in town, everybody from everywhere comes to it, enjoys it, has a good time."

Don Vickers, who has help organize the Pilau for five decades said, "People come from Texas, people come from North Georgia, Tallahassee, Quincy, everywhere around. We had plenty of people out there always and all the people that participated in that thing was a part of doing it."

In order to feed the crowds at the Concord Pilua, Vickers says volunteers would begin cooking around three in the morning to prepare 3,500 pounds of chicken.


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  • by Family Tradition Location: Havana on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    To the people who won't miss the pilau because "its just chicken and rice" or you "dont eat everyone's cooking, why are you speaking? You were obviously not a part of this and there for have NO right to comment on it! I grew up going to the pilau and it was amazing. Its not just chicken and rice its a gathering of friends and family and it was never forced on anyone. Shame on you for trying to stomp out our traditions just because you are black and were not a part of this great event.
  • by snapper Location: havana on Oct 14, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    In the fifteen plus years I've been in Havana I've only been to the pilau only a couple of times. but it's heartwarming to see all the people come from miles away to enjoy this event probably as much for the fellowship as the food. At least we still have the fish fry which I noticed was packed this year. OR WILL THAT BE NEXT???
  • by CM Location: Calvary GA on Jun 13, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    This makes me very sad, my family helped start the Pilau 51 years ago, and we have been working this function every year, and because 1 person out of 4000 says she got sick they want to stop it! what is this world coming to when a community can't even have a simple fundraiser, this was a gathering, a reunion. People came from all over to enjoy this simple dish, and fellowship with others, 51 years gone.... I am saddened that my children will not have the fond memories that I have of this wonderful event. I would just like to thank all the generations that have kept this going for as long as it has gone, it is something that will live on forever in our hearts!
  • by Camp Peavy Location: Tallahassee on Jun 10, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    Thanks, to Don Vickers and all who made the Coonbottom Pilau a great success for many years. Thousands came for good food and a glimpse of history. Twelve or more old washpots were filled with pilau (chicken and rice). These pots were surrounded by blazing fires to do the cooking. Volunteers used boat paddles to stir each pot as it was seasoned for 4,000 or more people. Many hours were spent in preparing 3,500 lbs of chickens, setting up tables made of plywood and sawhorses. Well placed Bean hampers were the chairs. There was plenty of pilau, drinks, and cake for all. Thanks to each person who made the Concord/Coonbottom chicken pilau a historic event. Some people can now even spell Pilau. It was sooo good. Thanks again to Don Vickers and each member of the team.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    the pilau is more than just chicken and rice! its almost like a family reunion for me! its a family tradition to always go to the pilau. my family from tennessee even comes. thats the only time i can see them during the year! im gonna miss the pilau very much!
  • by Samantha Location: kentucky on Jun 8, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    well havana, seems no-one has nothing good to say.exactley the reason i moved on! just because you may be of another race doesnt mean u were never invited......
  • by Renee Location: Havana on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    Who cares....get over it.It's just rice and chicken. It's a very easy recipe. You should discover other events that are offered in the Gadsden county area such as the Black History Event or you can do some community service at the local schools such as East Gadsden High School. Just a thought. God Bless :)
  • by Missy Location: Havana on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    Not all of us will miss this event. My family never supported it because my people (African Americans) can't be buried there anyway.
  • by Chee Chee Location: Bainbridge on Jun 7, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    NO! This cannot be. My family has enjoyed this tradition all my life and I am 50 . My aunt helped cook for many years. What kind of regulations would prevent this from continuing? Is Florida outlawing cook-offs, bake sales, fish fries and other delicious types of fund-raisers? Will family reunions be next? The Pilau was more of a family reunion than anything else. I am so sad. My family planned our Nov activities around this event. I had a child the night of the pilau in '96 and the first thing I wanted after 20 hours of labor and a c-section was Pilau. We sent someone down from Bainbridge to get the plates! That is the only reason I missed it. I am so sad.
  • by shon Location: Havana on Jun 7, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    we'll I will not miss it by looking at them cooking it on tv last year.it looked like the pot's were dirty and the rice was full of water,it looked like a pot of slop to me.and I would not have ate it I don't eat everyones cooking.
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