The official opening ceremony had yet to begin when tens of thousands began to flood Crenshaw Blvd. for the 8th annual Taste of Soul ‘Family Festival which again exceeded its expectations of attracting more than 300,000 predominant African Americans last Saturday.
As the morning shades gave way to a gleaming sunshine and the favorable smell of smoke from the culinary experts puffed skyward, bands and song blasted the sound of a momentous celebration while Crenshaw Blvd. transformed from a traffic filled street to a sea of people.
Strolling from the newly stretched boundaries of south Stocker Ave. that featured the Taste of Soul Wave stage north to Rodeo Road that occupied the Taste of Soul Radio Free KJLH stage and a variety of 400 authorized vendors sandwiched in between offered something for everyone.
If the taste buds screamed for some of the best seafood, a fruity cone of ice, Jamba Juice, chicken and waffles, an HIV test, a mammogram screening from watts Healthcare Foundation, tip on public transportation from Metro, elderly health care from AltaMed, a new Chevy Impala or Toyota, banking services from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Chase, a pair of Nike’s or even a pawn and loan shop, Taste of Soul provided it.