Historic re-enactors showcase the food that was grown and eaten at Fort Mose in the mid-1700s.

Fort Mose First Harvest

This harvest celebration includes cooking demonstrations and a farm market.

Saturday November 4, 2023 | 9:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

Recreating an 18th-century festival, the Fort Mose First Harvest is a free event that includes actors, exciting activities, and food on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Former slaves that fled from territories north of Florida, settled in what became Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, now known simply as Fort Mose. The Spanish government in St. Augustine provided them with rations and a settlement north of town. During their first year, the settlers built shelters, planted crops, and built a fort for their protection. Fort Mose was the first legally sanctioned free Black community in the country that became the United States. 

As the settlement grew, they would have typically had a Fall festival to celebrate their harvest. Today, the Fort Mose First Harvest Celebration includes cooking demonstrations, a farmers' market, and samples of the fusion meals created when the Black, Spanish, and Native cultures mingled.

Visitors can learn about this Fall festival's history through scenes that reveal accounts of progress and survival. Traditional goods will also be available, so visitors can interact with keepsakes and other creative items. 

For more information, click here.

Fee: Admission is free.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32084

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