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Soul food festival bigger for food, music lovers

Festival should spice up Memorial Day weekend

Erick Johnson | 5/22/2014, 9 a.m.

For those seeking a break from the busy details of hosting a backyard barbecue this Memorial Day Weekend, the Kinfolk Soul Food Festival returns to South Florida to offer thousands of food lovers a relaxing alternative to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

After a two year hiatus from a lack of sponsors, the festival is back with bigger helpings of down-home soul food dishes amid an expanded roster of entertainment on May 23 at 4 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. For the first time in its eight year history, a second festival will be held Saturday, May 24 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill at 4 p.m.

Lauderhill and West Palm Beach join 11 other major cities who host the annual event that draws thousands of music and food lovers who flock to the festival every year.

Sponsored by WHQT Hot 105, event promoter Kevin Fullard said the second event will provide an option to spectators who are unable to be attend one of the two festivals. The festivals will offer entertainment and local vendors selling smoky barbecue, pigeon peas and rice, fried fish, collard greens sweet potato pie and cornbread.

The entertainment lineup is also delicious. The artists expected to perform in Lauderhill are Morris Day & The Time, Bootsy Collins, Cameo, Confunkshun.

“It’s a family reunion type of event,” said Fullard. “There is something for everyone.”

Soul food cuisine has its roots in the American south and describes a selection of foods that are traditional to the taste buds of Blacks. Kinfolks Foundation, Inc. fuses together the tradition of good times, good music and good food with an opportunity for an average of 10,000 consumers per market to engage with brand ambassadors and non-profit organizations dispensing invaluable free information. This target-rich event is known as The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival.

Launched in 2007, the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival has attracted more than 400,000 Urban Adult consumers across thirteen U.S. markets featuring world-renowned artists Gladys Knight, Guy, Morris Day & The Time, Chaka Khan, Jeffery Osborne, The O’Jays, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Jonathan Butler, Will Downing, Peabo Bryson, Cameo, Jodi Whatley, Tevin Campbell, The SOS Band and many others.

The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival is now one of the most anticipated cultural events in America and by popular demand, continues to expand.

In 2013, from March through November The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival will present to impressive crowds in 13 U.S. markets and expand its voice to more than 150,000 African-American consumers.