A Taste of Culture
Barbecue ribs and vegan nachos!
Grilled oysters and baked cauliflower!
Carrot and Navy Bean Pies!
Or, as the organizers of this weekend’s Black Food Festival put it, just a taste of the culture!
On Saturday, hundreds of South Sacramento residents met in celebration of Black food culture at Black Food Festival. Large crowds gathered early for this inaugural event and stayed for a day filled with great food, the best music, and fun for the whole family!
On arrival, grill smoke pointed the way through a column of Black-owned fashion brands including JoMae, No N-Word Apparel, and Key X’pressions. Sprinkled into the mix, nonprofits like Meadowview Family Resource Center made sure to stand out among the hundreds of booths and tables. Live entertainment also helped guide guests to the events main attraction — the food!
Turning the corner at the stage, over a dozen Black-owned food brands greeted scores of delighted guests. Among the standouts, Beana’s Cafe, Daddy O’s Smokehouse, and Banaco Butter Cakes. Whether you were in the mood for vegan options, had a taste for barbeque, or needed to satisfy that sweet tooth, these three brands did not disappoint.
Not to be outdone, however, Urban Grill, Roro’s Soul Food, Dolls Kitchen, and SpiderMonkey’s Dessert Studio also separated themselves from the rest.
But it wasn’t just the food and the live entertainment that made Saturday’s Black Food Festival such a success. Indeed, equally as filling was the sight of whole family’s and complete strangers alike sitting, eating, and genuinely enjoying each others company.
Black Friday Coalition
Produced by the Black Friday Coalition, Black Food Festival is the product of ongoing collaboration between local black-owned businesses and nonprofits. Black Friday Coalition’s founders include Dana Maeisha, Berry Accius, and Ayisha Ransom-White. Maeisha is the creator of Escape Velocity Foundation Inc., a nonprofit specializing in literacy programs for youth. Accius’ nonprofit Voice of the Youth, Inc. mentors and supports local Black youth. Ransom-White is the owner of Suggested Eyewear which is a local black-owned eyewear, and fashion business.
The Florin Road Multicultural Center located at 24th Street and Florin Road played host to the Black Food Festival. Known locally as Florin Square, the site is home to dozens of Black-owned businesses and non-profits. In fact, the location is home to Sacramento’s largest concentration of Black-owned businesses. The site is also home to the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, one of Sacramento’s best artistic attractions.
Kudos to Black Friday Coalition, Florin Square, and South Sacramento for a job well done at Black Food Festival!
And who knows, maybe there’s a Black Food Festival coming soon to the City of Elk Grove!