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The largest family festival in Los Angeles celebrates 10 years of giving the community food, fun and entertainment.
In 2005, Danny Bakewell Sr. had a vision of bringing the community together in the spirit of brotherhood, family and fun. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of Taste of Soul upholding that vision and establishing itself as the largest family festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 17. Crenshaw will once again become home to some of the best food, wares and entertainment in town.
Taste of Soul (TOS) continues to feature some of the most interesting and anticipated vendors from all over Southern California. Over the past 10 years, vendors have learned that TOS is where new businesses come for maximum exposure and to meet the community. As a result, vendors from other states continue to come to SoCal to be a part of TOS.
TOS fans AKA TOS Nation constantly looks forward to walking Crenshaw Boulevard to sample food from a variety of vendors which include local restaurants, eateries and bakeries. If the food isn’t enough, Los Angeles comes out to enjoy live entertainment that has featured artists like Kenny Lattimore, Angie Stone, El Debarge, Anthony Hamilton, Troop, Howard Hewett and many others. Media partners, 94.7 The Wave will host the Taste of Soul Wave Stage and Radio Free KJLH 102.3 will host the Taste of Soul KJLH Stage. The Brenda Marsh- Mitchell Gospel Stage will also return honoring the memory of the longtime president of TOS, who passed away on Aug. 3 2014.
In 2012, StarQuest debuted at the 7th Annual TOS Festival, a creation of the Los Angeles Sentinel and Bakewell Media and has become a staple in showcasing local talent. This year is sure to launch more singing careers as Starquest returns ready to make stars out of the community.
TOS utilized social media with an impressive turnout on Facebook where posts, pictures, shares, likes, tags, etc. were viewed 3.1 million times by 1.2 million people in the month of October 2014. TOS has become an annual phenomenon which helps in serving the African American small businesses.
Metro continues to be a valued partner and transportation hub via the Metro Expo/Crenshaw light-rail station. The Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project continues making its way down Crenshaw Blvd. but will once again cease thanks to Wal-Shea Corridor Constructors for TOS 2015.
Get ready for October because the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival and Anniversary will be ready to celebrate on Crenshaw Blvd. Saturday, October 17. Come out and taste the soul of the community.
For more information, please visit www.tasteofsoulla.org. Don’t forget to download the Taste of Soul App which can also be found on the Taste of Soul website. Please visit and like Taste of Soul on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.