May 16th, (6pm – midnight) & May 17th, 2014 (noon – midnight) at Maverick Plaza at La Villita in the heart of downtown San Antonio near the Riverwalk.
The African American heritage of South Texas is rich and vibrant encompassing music, food, cultural celebration community, and family. The La Villita Heritage Society held the first Soul Food Festival in 1999 and brought together all of these elements. Since then, the event has become an annual tradition.
The Soul Food Festival features popular ethnic foods like Bar-B-Que, fried fish, collard greens, and peach cobbler (Better Known As Soul Food) are served by local food vendors throughout the Festival and make for a festive “atmosphere.” A children’s area features entertainment and amusements for the younger generation. Cultural exhibits showcased by local arts & crafts vendors and performances on the stage reflect the importance of the African American heritage and family values. Throughout the Soul Food Festival, the emphasis is on family, culture, and heritage.
Friday night is the Gospel on the Plaza featuring the best of gospel music, gospel singing groups and choirs, liturgical dance, steppers, and Spoken Word. Groups come from all over the state to participate in a singing and stomping good time!
Saturday is Family Day beginning at 12 noon. For the young ones a “kid’s Amusement Area” is complete with a moon bounce, face painting and other activities. Great music, such as Neo-Soul, Soul, R&B, and live bands and entertainment such as Steppers, dancers, and comedy are featured throughout the day.