by Susan Ellis
“You will experience some of the best ribs, chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens, and turkey legs from all over the country,” says Patrick Williams of the Soul Food Festival, being held Saturday, starting at 3 p.m., at Shelby Farms. “It will be a very tasteful experience.”
The Soul Food Festival has been around for several years and travels around the country, making stops in cities such as Jacksonville, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Cleveland, Ohio, and Kansas City, Missouri, drawing as many as 10,000 people, Williams estimates. This is the first time, however, it will be in Memphis.
“We always wanted to come to Memphis,” Williams says, “but we didn’t know how well received we’d be in a blues market. Boy, were we wrong!”
The festival is presented by the Kinfolks Foundation, which fosters learning in underprivileged children and young adults.
In addition to the food, there will also be live music from performers such as Sisqo and Peabo Bryson.
Williams explains that the event is geared toward those 30 and over. “It will be an evening of reunion, a chance to mingle among grown folks.”
Advanced tickets are $28. For more information, go to ilovesoulfood.com.