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Black businesses supporting each other through festival

Support breast cancer awareness while eating your favorite BBQ

Ashley Montgomery | 1/9/2014, 9 a.m.
If you enjoy finger-licking good barbecue, live music, a wide selection of beers and wines to chose from all while ...
Kelly Hunter

If you enjoy finger-licking good barbecue, live music, a wide selection of beers and wines to chose from all while supporting a charity. . . then the place to be on Saturday, Jan. 11th, is the 5th annual King of Ribs BBQ Fest.

Chief Chef Master, Kelly Hunter, will be hosting the event at Eucalyptus Gardens in Wilton Manor from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Every year, Hunter and King of Foods, Inc supports a grassroots organization that he feels needs to be supported by the community. This year the charity that Hunter holds near and dear to this heart is, The Beautiful Gate Cancer Support and Resource Center.

“Every year, I like to look out for the grassroots organizations, the ones that don’t receive the same thousands of dollars that a bigger organization would,” Hunter said.

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women — an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur within the year. Hunter and his team recognizes this need and plans to help any way that he can.

“Me, being a Black man in South Florida, this is a cause that I am very familiar with,” Hunter said.

There will be a bus during the event, offering free mammograms and education for women who lack access to health services.

In the past, Hunter says that he supported an education initiative, Miami Gardens Excellence in Education Council which is a non-profit organization solely devoted to advancements in education for the underserved children of the community.

Proceeds garnered from the event were used to purchase lap tops for children from Miami Gardens attending Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Being a chef since 2008, Hunter began these festivals to showcase his skills in barbecue and the variety of services that his business, King of Foods, Inc. has to offer.

Hunter’s business specializes in American grilling, signature sauces and island cuisine, he says that this is a “mouth-watering experience that you don’t want to miss!”

King of Foods Inc. is also preparing to partner with DJ’s and dessert companies in the community to bring you an “unforgettable fest.”

Tickets are available online at kingoffoods.com and/or will be sold at the door. Also, children under the age of 10 get in free.

“I want the community to come out and experience all the different type of barbecue that will be there — some traditional and some new.