Cincy Soul: Black Taste opens call for 2017 food vendors

Cincy Soul: Black Taste opens call for 2017 food vendors
Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 15:59:15-05

CINCINNATI -- Registration is open for black-owned eateries interested in participating in the second Cincy Soul: Black Taste.

In a post to his Instagram account on Monday, organizer Julian Rodgers welcomed black-owned local restaurants, food vendors, food trucks and caterers to learn more about the festival at

This year’s Cincy Soul will take place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 29 and noon-7 p.m. July 30 on Downtown's Fifth Street between Vine and Walnut streets.

Booth rentals for the festival cost between $600 to $1,000, according to the website.

In January, Rodgers said he hoped to double the size of Cincy Soul, which drew an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people and 28 vendors in its inaugural year. Rodgers said Cincy Soul has room for about 56 vendors for its second year.

PHOTOS: The inaugural Cincy Soul

Like last year, Cincy Soul coincides with the final night of the annual Cincinnati Music Festival. The country's second-oldest rhythm and blues festival will take place July 27-29 at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Rodgers said he introduced Cincy Soul last year to expose more people to small, minority-owned restaurants in the city. The festival is part of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s multicultural platform Vibe Cincinnati, which also launched last year.

Rodgers said national and local music acts will perform at nearby Fountain Square during this year's Cincy Soul.