Taste of Soul Festival
Crenshaw Between MLK and Rodeo
Saturday, October 18
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free

The 3rd annual Taste of Soul: L.A.’s Soul Food & Music Festival Presented by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper will take place Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Each year, the free one-day urban Festival features the best in soul food cuisine and live entertainment. Billed as Los Angeles’ largest street festival, the Taste of Soul Festival takes place outside on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Rodeo Boulevard and plays host to over 75,000 attendees from all over Southern California.

The 2008 Taste of Soul is co-hosted by radio sponsors Radio Free 102.3 KJLH and 94.7 The Wave and will feature multiple stages of live entertainment. 94.7 The Wave morning hosts acclaimed singer Brian McKnight and Pat Prescott will host The Wave’s stage where McKnight is scheduled to perform. He will be joined on stage by R&B singers Chante Moore and Lina. Radio Free 102.3 KJLH will present this year’s Gospel stage with an all-star line-up including Kenny Lattimore, Wayne Brady, and the Tony Rich Project. New for this year is celebrated local blues giant Charles Wright and his 103rd Street Band and American violinist Karen Briggs, who will both make their Taste of Soul debut.

Returning to the Taste of Soul is award winning culinary artist, author, and television host G. Garvin who will present a cooking demonstration during the festival (2 p.m.). Comedian J. Anthony Brown will host the Comedy, Blues, and Beer Garden (12 noon to 5 p.m.). African-American owned network TV One will present a town hall meeting entitled ‘A Conversation About Urban Politics’ from 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will feature elected officials, celebrities, and political activists. In addition, a roundtable discussion on California’s upcoming November 4 ballot will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. All Taste of Soul attendees will have the opportunity to register to vote courtesy of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Pan Hellenic Council’s ‘Last Chance to Get Out the Vote.’ Over 100 community and corporate exhibitors will be on display on Crenshaw Boulevard, including a Health Pavilion and special section on Earthquake Preparedness.

A family event, the Taste of Soul features a Children’s World complete with rock climbing and Walt Disney on “The Shaw.”

Additionally, attendees can enter a number of drawings for various prizes to be given away throughout the day.