A Taste of Laura Street Jazz & Food Festival, which takes place Saturday September 22, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will feature vendors representing various businesses from around the Mid-Central Florida including food, caterers, restaurants, and retail locations. A Taste of Laura Street showcases the unique and varied nature of black cuisine, which has often been assumed only to include “soul food.”
The Laura Street business district sat in the middle of the “Bottom”, now known as Lincoln Park, which was one of two Plant City first African- American neighborhoods. The story is one of how economic development can ignite and launch self-empowerment in a neighborhood despite the segregated culture during that era. Laura Street business district thrived with restaurants, rooming houses (hotels), movie theaters, funeral homes, ice cream parlors and Dr. O.A. Joyner.
This family friendly event is designed to celebrate black entrepreneurship and culinary skills while showcasing the cultural diversity of African American cuisine.
The event will take place on the property of the Plant City Bing Rooming House Museum at 205 South Allen Street. Entry and parking are free on site and nearby Sam Cooper Park and Marie B. Ellis Park. Guests are required to purchase an armband to participate in food tasting and judging of the various vendors. Judging categories include Best Entree, Best Side, Teen Choice and City Commissioner Dessert Contest. This is open to the public.