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7th Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival – Baton Rouge, LA

7th Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival – Baton Rouge, LA

7th Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival – Baton Rouge, LA

05/18/24 11:00 AM - 05/19/24 08:00 PM

The 7th Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
Sat. & Sun., May 18 & 19, 2024; 11:00AM–8:00PM each day;
The grounds of the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library,
7711 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Three days of Fabulous Southern Cuisine and Live Music, A Vendor’s Village,
A Judged Soul Food Cooking Competition, and the Soul Food Pioneer Award
Pre-party, Thurs, May 16, 7:00 – Midnight at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room

Baton Rouge, LA (Feb. 21, 2024)… This family friendly event is free to the public. It features blues, soul,R&B, gospel and Christian music, along with a Vendor’s Village, a judged Soul Food Cooking Contest and Pioneer Award for contributions to the Soul Food Industry. Soul Foodie tickets that include food, soft drinks, photo ops are $25. per person. VIP tickets for two that include T-shirts, a CD of “Now” by co-headliner Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor and additional perks are $100.

A Pre-party will be held on Thurs., May 16 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room located at 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 7:00pm – midnight. Admission is $30 and includes a Soul Food buffet and no-host bar. For more information call 225-802-9681 or visit

The stage lineup is expected to include Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor and the Listening Room All-stars Ervin “Maestro” Foster, Jim Masters, Kelton ‘Nspire Harper, Pastor Leon Hitchens, Kevin White, poet Sir AP, comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer, Owen Scott, Xavie Shorts, Princess Teha and country singer Susie Shepard, among others.

The Soul Food Cooking Competition, highlights regional favorites from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Categories include Meats, Vegetable and Side Dishes, Breads and Desserts, Appetizers and Soups, Beverage and Ices. Criteria include Presentation, Taste, and the Story or History behind each dish. Ten entrants in each category will be pre-selected by the Soul Food screening committee. Upon acceptance the entry fee is $20, $30 for walk-ups, if slots are available. Contestants need to bring enough food for six people the day of their judging. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Downloadable forms and additional instructions are available on the website. Vendor slots are also available.

The Pioneer Award for contributions to the Soul Food industry will be announced closer to the date. Past winners include Joe Delpit owner of the Chicken Shack, Cynthia Green of Owen’s Grocery and Market, Ricky and Kawanda Griffin of Lizzie’s Restaurant, Miss Dee of D’s Southern Soul Café and Sean “The Bossman” Huey.

About the founder: Henry Turner Jr. is the founder of the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival, A Taste of the Deep South ( formerly Henry Turner Jr. Day, Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival ( and the Ultimate Louisiana Party ( ). The latter was founded in 2011 while he was a touring musician. He wanted America to experience Louisiana Food and culture on tour stops throughout Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Virginia. Upon returning to his home town of Baton Rouge in 2014 he founded Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room ( and started the other festivals. He is a renowned musician and has been honored with two Henry Turner Jr. Day’s Citations from the City of Baton Rouge and with Certificates as a Louisiana Music Ambassador from the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Tourist Board and received a Slim Harpo Award for his contributions to the music industry. For more information on Henry Turner Jr. please go to

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