FEED YOUR SOUL
Black culinary culture is American culinary culture, and the Bluegrass is set to celebrate during the second annual SoulFeast Week, coming to Lexington, Kentucky, June 17th - 26th, 2022. Kentucky for Kentucky is a proud sponsor of the festivities!
SoulFeast Week is a ten-day celebration of black culinary culture highlighting black restaurants, farmers, and chefs in Central Kentucky. Through educational exhibits, curated experiences, and enjoying great food, SoulFeast Week is an opportunity for Kentuckians of all races and backgrounds to support black businesses by putting their money where their mouths are, literally.
Founded in 2020 by twin siblings, Martina Barksdale and Marcellus Barksdale, SoulFeast Week is a continuation of efforts to highlight and support black culinary and agriculture in Central Kentucky. In the midst of battling a global health crisis and fighting racial injustices, the Barksdale twins launched the #19DaysOfBlackBiz challenge in June of 2020 as a communal effort to stimulate black businesses across Central Kentucky.
The first annual SoulFeast Week debuted exactly one year after these efforts as a commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth and is now in its second year.
The mission of SoulFeast Week is to facilitate and highlight black culinary experiences as a means to educate, stimulate, and embrace black businesses one bite at a time. This mission dovetails with Kentucky for Kentucky's 2022 Impact Work, a branch of which is dedicated to lifting Black Creatives rooted in Kentucky.
SOULTEENTH FEST - JUNE 18
Kentucky's premier Juneteenth Festival celebrating black liberation and ingenuity through music, art, agriculture, and great food will take place June 18th at the Moondance Amphitheater.
BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK - JUNE 20-26
Lexington’s first-ever food week exclusively for black-owned restaurants. Participating restaurants will create a unique, off-menu food entree for $10.00. SoulFeast Week has partnered with Black Soil KY for each entree to feature at least one ingredient in each dish sourced from a Black Farmer.
EVENTS ALL WEEK LONG - JUNE 17-26
From bottomless mimosas and hip-hop brunches to savoring the flavors of New Orleans’ best dishes, the week of events is sure to get you out of your seat.