Thousands came out for the 8th annual Taste of Soul family festival, on Saturday along Crenshaw Boulevard in the heart of the Crenshaw district. Taste of Soul has become the largest festival to host black businesses in Los Angeles—a one stop shop to enjoy music and food, to network and seek employment from the dozens of businesses and corporations that set up booths and take job applications. Last year, more than 400 vendors set up their booths at the fair, and food sampling included everything from red beans and rice to downhome barbeque to creole seafood.
“’Taste of Soul’ isn’t just about food and entertainment; it’s also about the empowerment of businesses,” said “Taste of Soul” founder Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. “Many people hadn’t heard of some of these businesses before “Taste of Soul”; it gave our local businesses and our corporate sponsors great exposure.”
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