African American contributions to our nation’s culinary culture are foundational and ongoing. For over 400 years, African Americans have inspired our country’s food through their skill, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Black foodways have shaped much of what we farm, what we cook, what we drink, and where we eat. Black food is American food that showcases community, culture, and resiliency. The Taste of Soul event will be a live-tasting exhibit that traces the delicious foods, moving throughlines from Africa, Jamaica, and Slavery to today’s Soul Food.
This event will be an environment that centers around the cultural power that is Black food. The fun and engaging atmosphere will feature live music and networking opportunities with restaurateurs and live storytelling and an opportunity for community members to explore the From Whence We Came African American Exhibit at the Port Huron Museum. The most important component of this event is the food. This event will feature dishes from Africa, Jamaica, Slavery, and recipes passed down from generation to generation creating what we know today as Soul Food.
During this event, guests will enjoy tasting signature drinks, and African/Black cuisine, from local and neighboring community restaurants.
A Taste of Soul will also showcase African American dance and music as it relates to history and culture as a race. Live entertainment will include a spoken word by local activists, music, and dance. We hope community members will come out to learn, taste, and celebrate Black History with us! This cultural experience is bringing great food, culture, and entertainment to Port Huron.
Entry for the tasting portion of this event is limited to 15 people per timeslot. Reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended, but not necessary.
This Blue Water Area Black History Month event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, Port Huron Museums, Black Lives Matter Port Huron, NAACP Port Huron Branch, and S.C.C.O.R.E.