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Syracuse’s First Ever Black Food & Drink Festival

Coming Back Together: A Taste of Black ‘Cuse

August 9th-11th, 2019

Black-Owned Syracuse  Hosted Syracuse’s First ever 3-day Black food & drink festival August 9th-August 11th. 

Official hashtag: #TasteBlackCuse

The festival was the end of the first ever #BlackJoySYR Week:

August 4th-11th, 2019

2019 Vendors

Food & Drink Vendors

A Taste of Africa Owner: Saida Balume

 Jus Juice It LLC Owner: Anthony Huddleston

Mechita’s Kitchen Owner: Melissa Vargas

Our Secret Delights Owner: Sabrina Calhoun

Stoic Tea’s and Sea Moss Owner: Devonn Dunbar

 Top Notch Catering Experience by Chef Day Howard

The Soul Food Extension Owner: Mercedes Jones

Winnie’s Soul Delicious Owner: Dawn Evette Reed

Non-Food Vendors

Aroze Through Consulting Owner: Certified Life Coach Tyrone Dixon

Artsy Amiah Artist: Amiah Crisler

Beauty by Ahmari Owner: Ahmari Armstrong

Britton Art Artist: Andre Britton

Honey Lush Naturals Owner: Aya Green

In My Image Children’s Clothing Boutique Owner: Tafara Simmons

Juice and Berries Haircare Products Owner: Venette Griffin

Leanna’s Art Room Owner: Leanna Chapman

Lyfe Ball Lemonade Owner: Lyfe Ball

Tru Soundz Entertainment Owner: Travis Robinson

The Festival

2019 Festival Event Banner & Karaoke Sponsors

Door Prize Sponsors


Note from Black-Owned Syracuse Founder

Black people have always been innovators in the food and drink industry (and every industry), but that is not accurately reflected in media representation, industry leadership or business ownership. This is simply our response to that. We are coming together to celebrate Black food and drink culture. In 2019, we hosted about 500 guests for our first annual Black food & drink festival! Some food vendors sold out! We enjoyed karaoke, face painting for kids and adults, and bought “Black and local” from local entrepreneurs (#BuyBlackSYR), games and music! See you next year: August 11th-13th, 2022! #TasteBlackCuse

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