In Little Rock, Arkansas black-owned food trucks, restaurants, caterers, and shops will gather this Saturday at Philander Smith College for a festival designed to express the diversity of black culture and cuisine, as well as to highlight and promote talented business owners.
This is the second year of the festival, which is presented by the Arkansas Association of Black Professionals, and it looks like this year is going to be even more of a success than last year. Last year’s festival featured nine vendors, while this Saturday’s festival will host around 20.
Small businesses such as Haygood BBQ, Seafood Junkies, Sweet Kay’s Treats, and Brown Sugar Bakeshop will show off their delicious soul food while simultaneously business networking and educating.
Rhonna Wade, the organizer of the event, stated that the whole event will be like “a marketplace.” She continued, “You just kind of go down and you’re able to shop from the various vendors and really get a taste of what’s available in Arkansas.”
“It’s a fun time, family friendly, really laid-back atmosphere. It’s really cool to see all different types of people coming together.”
Admission and parking to the event are free and there will also be DJ entertainment and some boutique-style vendors.