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The 9th Annual Taste of Soul is Coming!
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published August 28, 2014

 It’s not going anywhere—Taste of Soul will on Crenshaw Blvd

Photo By Robert Torrence

Yes! Taste of Soul is happening on Crenshaw Blvd and continues the process of being bigger and better than ever!

If you’ve been down Crenshaw, then you have undoubtedly noticed heavy construction going on for the coming Crenshaw/LAX Metro Line. And if you’ve been wondering if the biggest family festival in L.A. will be taking place on Crenshaw this year…then wonder no longer—Taste of Soul (TOS) will be celebrating its 9th year Crenshaw! If you’re looking for a way to get there, Metro will happily oblige and take you right to where it will all be happening on October 18. TOS, as always, promises to be bigger and better than before with more amazing vendors, entertainment, celebrities and fun-filled events and a tribute to TOS President, Brenda Marsh-Mitchell.

TOS was created by Danny Bakewell Sr. to be a family-oriented event for the community to come together and celebrate everything that is great about our community. As it approaches 9 years, TOS has shown itself to be one the largest events showcasing food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family for South Los Angeles and the greater Los Angeles area for that matter.

Taste of Soul is a family-oriented event for the community to come together and celebrate everything that is great about our community.

Photo by Robert Torrence

 This year will prove to be no different as TOS continues to create more activities and events. Extending itself three additional blocks in 2012, TOS continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Vendors from all over Southern California have learned that TOS is the place to be, and vendors from other states continue to come to sunny Socal to be a part of TOS phenomenon.

TOS utilized popular media with an impressive voter registration drive and the inaugural StarQuest talent competition in 2012, which was an even bigger success finding talent in 2013. Stay tuned for more information on StarQuest 2014…

The event has taken off on Facebook and steadily gaining on Twitter which helps in serving as a powerful economic engine among African American small businesses and providing citizens with much valued transportation tips from Metro.

Metro will once again be participating with the festival transporting the TOS Nation to the event. The Metro Expo/Crenshaw light-rail station is within a block of Rodeo Road, where the festival begins. Thanks to Metro, the line can transport TOS family and friends to the Crenshaw district from all over L.A. County. The lines run from the San Fernando Valley to the Orange Line to the Red Line, to the Expo Line, or from Long Beach traveling to the downtown Los Angeles Blue Line, which connects to the Green Line at Willowbrook Station and to the Expo Line at Pico Station. From Pasadena or East Los Angeles ride on the Gold Line to Union Station and transfer to Red/Purple Line to 7th St/Metro Center and then hop on the Expo Line.  

There will some good food to be had by all—so many choices, so little time…

Photo by Robert Torrence

TOS Nation will be able to walk along Crenshaw Boulevard sampling delicious food from multiple vendors which include local restaurants, eateries and bakeries, enjoy live entertainment and check out works by local artists all day long. Metro will have a booth to provide information about the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project, which is in full swing and slowly making its way down Crenshaw Blvd. Community Relations Rail Safety staff will be available to talk about how to be safe around trains and tracks.

Representatives of Metro’s community partners, representatives of several labor unions and other information on programs will be available from information on careers at Metro, bus operators to executive officers will be available as well.

Due to the unexpected loss of Marsh-Mitchell this month, TOS won’t be the same but will continue in the spirit for which it was created—unity. No one understood the importance of unity in the Black community like Marsh-Mitchell, who was not only the president but a passionate voice for the festival.

In honor of her contributions to the community, the city of Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson recently announced that the intersection of Coliseum St. and Crenshaw Blvd will be named “Brenda Marsh Mitchell Square”. The TOS Gospel stage will now be located at the sight of Brenda Marsh Mitchell Square in her memory and will be called the Brenda Marsh Mitchell Gospel Stage.

Thanks to Metro, the line can transport TOS family and friends to the Crenshaw district from all over L.A.

Photo by Troy Tieuel

Get ready for October because the 9th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival will be in full effect on Crenshaw Blvd. Saturday, October 18. Come out and taste the soul of the community.

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Categories: Crenshaw & Around

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