After a wildly successful inaugural year, Feed the Soul Dining Week returns February 2-11 with 13 Black-owned restaurants representing culinary creations from Senegal, East Africa, Italy, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria and Trinidad.

“We continue to deepen our understanding and relationship to the Black food sovereignty movement.” says Rochelle Ignacio, founder of Feed the Soul Dining Week. “Building off the momentum of last year’s event, Edmontonians have really embraced traditional and modern fusion offerings Black-owned chefs and makers have shared. Soulful food is an incredible way to unite community across racial divides.”

Volunteer-led and driven by Ignacio and co-lead Sara Awatta, Feed the Soul Dining Week is being executed by a group made up of Edmonton’s Black community, allies and supporters – dedicated to promoting events and creating opportunities and inclusive spaces for Black-owned businesses in food, beverage and hospitality to grow.

“We’ve been waiting all year for this.” says Nadine Lewis, co-owner of returning restaurant Cafe Caribbean. “Introducing Jamaican food and culture to hungry customers brought us so much joy, new friendships and regulars – food brings people together. We love it!”

Festivities kick-off with a preview and walking tour of three Downtown participants hosted by local content creator Linda Hoang on January 27. Tickets to A Taste of Feed The Soul are $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. From February 2-11, restaurants and small businesses will feature a multi-course/dish prix fixe menu with prices ranging from $20-$45 per person. To ensure soul-filled food is accessible and affordable to all Edmontonians – check out the daily “Ten Dolla Deal” featuring $10 dishes and off-menu offerings.

Participating Black-owned businesses include dine-in restaurants like Kilimanjaro VIPSauce Modern Caribbean Cuisine and Liberian Cuisine on Wheels, while take-out restaurants and caterers include Lloyd’s Patty DistroCafé Caribbean and Tastebuds Caribbean BBQ.

“Edmontonians showed our community there’s a place in their hearts (and bellies) for traditional food like tibs fir fir, jerk chicken and curry goat roti.” says Sam Juru, Executive Director of Africa Centre. “Having Black food and culture celebrated and shared in such a profound and meaningful way has an incredible impact all year round.”

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Volunteer-led and driven, Feed the Soul YEG is made up of Edmonton’s Black community, allies and supporters dedicated to promoting events and creating opportunities and inclusive spaces for Black-owned businesses in food, beverage and hospitality to grow. Feed The Soul Dining Week runs from February 2-11, 2024.