Festivals & Events

Soul Food Extravaganza 2009

When: Sat., Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2009

The Northwest's oldest soul food festival began in 1993 as a way to bring the various cultural communities of Boise together around some common themes—community service and a hunger for good food. The 2009 beneficiary is the Boise Chapter of the International Rescue Committee. For the extravaganza this year, tens of thousands of people are expected to shuffle through the park sampling the traditional Southern-style of cooking known as soul food. Some items available for purchase range from Cajun food like Jambalaya bowls and gumbo by Chef Roland to sweet potato pie by A Piece of Cake along with turkey leg dinners, collard greens and pulled pork sandwiches. B and B Soul food is serving catfish, black-eyed peas and barbecue chicken. The hungry can order Mexican food from Basillos Tacos, seafood gumbo from Dubbs Grubb and even Louisiana style potato salad and Jamaican Jerk Chicken by Flavorrs Cajun Cuisine. The Idaho BBQ Company is bringing it with pork ribs tri-tip sandwiches and a savory barbecue sundae that involves layers of coleslaw, shredded meat and sauce and is sometimes served with a pickle. This list of delicacies is only a sampling of the foods available. Concessions will be on hand serving shaved ice, Ben and Jerry's ice cream and kettle corn along with everything imaginable fit for grilling. The event Web site includes photos from past events, recipes for soul food cooking and a complete entertainment schedule. Throughout the day, area group perform including the African Christian Choir, a couple of mime teams and the headliner, R&B singer/songwriter Teedra Moses at 7 p.m. who has written songs for Mary J. Blige.

Price: FREE admission

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