If you're venturing to Julia Davis Park Saturday, Aug. 4, be ready for the intoxicating smell of mouth-watering soul food to fill the air. The Boise Soul Food Extravaganza will celebrate its 20th anniversary of good cookin' and fun, beginning at 11 a.m.
An all-day live entertainment schedule will feature a car show, music by Exit Prose, Nono Lobos, Hambones on the Beach and many, many more with QS "The Soul Brother" hosting.
But the festival is, of course, about the food. Soul food is a term that was popularized in the 1960s and is described as a distinctive and traditional Southern style of cooking, which means you can stuff your face with smoked turkey legs, collard greens, baked beans, seafood gumbo, Cajun chicken wings and oh-so-much more.
When thirst ensues from all that better-for-your-soul-than-your-body goodness, the 21-and-older set can meander to the beer garden while the kiddos get their faces painted from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or shake up all the good stuff in their guts in the jump house.
Take a break from the booze and food to peruse merchandise from a wide variety of vendors, then ready the wet napkins and be prepared for faces full of barbecue sauce when Famous Dave's barbecue puts carnivores to the test in its rib-eating competition at 4:50 p.m. Finally, work off those worth-it calories by dancing to live music until 8 p.m.