Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival is This Weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. (THE LOUISIANA WEEKEND) - The main festival will be held on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday May 15 from 11:00am to 8:00pm at River Front Plaza, 300 River Road South, in downtown Baton Rouge. It is family friendly, free to the public and also features a Vendors Village. VIP tickets that include food, beverages, photo ops, covered seating and additional perks are available on the website. For more information please visit

The talent lineup for Saturday and Sunday features gospel, contemporary Christian, soul, blues, R&B and rock. The show opens at 11:30am with Mike Da’Kidd, a gospel rapper, followed by gospel artist Tia Danielle, Pastor Leon Hitchens, blues singer/songwriter Larry “LZ” Dillon and contemporary Christian singer Belwin J. Bruin. At 2:00pm Lisa Harris takes the stage with her tribute act to Tina Turner, followed by Priceless Lion a Hip Hop/rapper and Special Olympian Hall of Famer. Robert “The Juice” Lenoir brings his style of soul and oldies to the festival followed by soul songstress Katrina and comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer. Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor bring their soul, blues/funk/reggae to the stage at 5:00pm, followed by Southern soul singer April Nicole, R&B crooner Xavie Shorts and closing out the festival is the R&B/funk/jazz/blues/zydeco West Wind Band.

Sundays’ lineup opens at 11:30 with Priceless Lion, followed by poet Sir AP, Kelton ‘Nspire Harper and the Inspiration Band and Latin songstress Jessi Campo from Miami. The PEW Choir (Prophetic Encounter Worshipers) at 2:00pm, is followed by blues guitarist and singer Owen Scott, and the House of God Ministries Gospel Singers. Comedian Eddie “Cool” Deemer is on at 4:30pm followed by Kasey Ball Presents Soul Loops, Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor and the ‘King and Queen’ of the Gut Bucket blues SmokeHouse Porter and Miss Mamie. Grammy nominated blues artist Kenny Neal closes the festival at 7:00pm.

Please check the website for talent lineup changes.

The Pioneer Award, for outstanding contributions to the soul food industry, will be will presented on Saturday at 6:00pm by Keiristin Wilbert, WAFB host/producer of the Louisiana Weekend. This years’ recipient is Dee Dickerson of D’s ‘Southern Soul Café in Plaquemine. Her establishment was founded in 2015 and is known for its Chitterlings, Smothered Liver and the only place in the world to get Peppergrass. The café also provides free meals to youths as well as tutoring.

The Soul Food Cooking Contest winners for Entrees and Side Dishes will be announced at 2:40pm on Saturday and the winners in the Appetizers, Desserts and Drinks will be announced Sunday at 4:00pm. The contest is open to entrants until Monday, May 9. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Judges include Ricky Griffin of Lizzie’s Restaurant, last years’ Pioneer Award winner, Fox 44 news anchor Tarvarious Haywood and his wife Christina Haywood and Nakia Wilson-Nelson head of the Miss Black Empowerment organization. More information is available on the website.

The Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival was featured on WAFB 9 News at 5PM on Friday, May 13th.