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Soul Food Extravaganza

Saturday, Aug. 6 at Julia Davis Park


The most heart-stoppingly delicious food festival in Idaho will take over Julia Davis Park on Saturday, Aug. 6. Started in 1993, the Boise Soul Food Extravaganza returns year after year to "increase the awareness of African-American culture represented in the Treasure Valley Community through a shared, enlightening, entertaining and educational experience, while supporting charitable causes in our community." And it's one of the best-tasting educational experiences you'll ever have.

The term "soul food" was popularized in the 1960s and refers to a traditional Southern-style of cooking, featuring items like smoked turkey legs, sweet potato pie, mac and cheese, hush puppies and collard greens. And all of it will be on the menu at this year's Soul Food Extravaganza.

If gorging yourself on filling food doesn't stop you in your tracks, the great entertainment will. This year, Mark Thorton, Cherie Buckner-Webb and Koki G. will grace the stage.

But it's not all food and fun. The Soul Food Extravaganza is also a fundraiser for two Boise nonprofits: the Idaho Black History Museum and the Idaho Foodbank.