Soul Food Festival returns to downtown Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival will return for a second year.


The free, family-friendly festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge.


The festival will feature blues, soul, and gospel music on two stages, a Vendor’s Village, and a judged soul food cooking competition.


Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
The Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival returns to downtown Baton Rouge for the second year (Source: Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival)


Headliners include award-winning American bluesman Kenny Neal, and blues, soul, funk reggae band Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor.


Additional acts expected include the Listening Room All-Stars featuring southern soul singer Uncle Chess and the Groove, singer/songwriter Larry “LZ” Dillon, gospel/jazz artist Wyanda Paul, R&B singer Xavie Shorts, blues rapper Lee Tyme, motivational spoken word artist ‘Nspire and comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer, along with the “King and Queen of the Gut Bucket Blues,” SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie. Emcee is Teddy’s Juke Joints’ owner, Teddy “Lloyd” Johnson.


Chinese and African dance troupes will also be featured. Regional acts expected are the soul and R&B band, Soul & Parliament, from Memphis, Tennessee, and the Afro/World Beat artist Proph3t from Atlanta, Georgia.


The festival’s Soul Food Cooking Competition will highlight regional favorites from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Meals will include Meats, Vegetable, and Side Dishes, as well as, Breads, Desserts, Appetizers, and Soups.


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 $20.00, $30.00 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.


The contest is now open and downloadable forms and additional instructions are available on the website. Vendor slots are also still available.


So get ready for two days of great food from Louisiana and its surrounding southern neighbors, incredible music and fun next to the Old State Capitol at the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival!


Attendees are allowed to bring their own lawn chairs.


VIP tickets that include food, soft drinks, photo ops and a reserved seating area are $25.00 and $100.00 per person. For additional information call 225-802-9681 or