The biggest free street festival in Los Angeles is returning as a live event this Saturday after two years of being virtual.
In 2006, Danny Bakewell Sr. started Taste of Soul to give the Black community a day of celebration and fun that they could call their own. This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever when it closes a two-mile stretch of Crenshaw Blvd. to cars and opens up only to pedestrians.
“The evolution of Taste of Soul has simply been about the care for Black people and wanting the best for our community,” stated Mr. Bakewell on the festival’s site.
The festival will have five stages for performers playing everything from gospel to jazz to R&B and over 150 food vendors serving up dishes from soul food and desserts to fried fish and barbecue. Rumor has it, Stevie Wonder might show up as he’s done in previous years. In the past, crowds have seen sets by comedian Cedric the Entertainer. This year, “In Living Color” actress and comedian Kim Coles will perform. There will also be 200 merchandise vendors selling everything from art to clothing for all to enjoy.
This event is free to the public. If you’re looking for some delicious local soul food or soul music, the 17th annual Taste of Soul Family Festival is for you!
When: October 15th, 2022 at 10A.M. to 7 P.M.
Location: 3800 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008