Soul Food Extravaganza plans return in 2014 with backing from NAACP

Back in April, we found out that Boise’s financially troubled Soul Food Extravaganza was calling it quits after two decades.

But it looks like it will be a one-year hiatus — not a permanent demise.

In a press release from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Treasure Valley Chapter President Charles Taylor says the Soul Food Extravaganza will return in August of 2014. The NAACP is partnering with community members to bring soul food back to Julia Davis Park.

“It just makes sense that the NAACP is part of this,” he says.


Rich Williams, who headed the Soul Food Extravaganza for a decade before leaving a few years ago, is putting together a team to revive the festival. (That’s not him in the above photo; it’s Torrence Thomas serving collard greens and black-eyed peas at a festival several years ago.)

“We feel that (the) Soul Food (Extravaganza) is an important part of Boise and the Treasure Valley,” Williams says. “It is an integral part of our community’s diversity, heritage and needs to continue.”

For more information, contact Williams at or (208) 830-4848.


Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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