Festival season will soon ramp up again as we move into fall. The great thing about the events that take place during this time of year, is that many of them bring an array of our favorite Black chefs outside to do what they do best—show off their award-winning skills.
If you're a foodie, like us, you can appreciate traveling the globe to indulge in some of the best cuisine around. From Charlotte to Houston, Hawaii and even The Bahamas, EBONY has rounded-up this list of some of the best festivals and events to catch your favorite Black chefs in action before the year ends.
This November 11-12, 2023, the inaugural Honeyland Festival—just outside of Houston—will feature one-of-a-kind performances from GRAMMY Award-winning artists Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Jazmine Sullivan, Tems, and more, encompassing a unique lineup of Black music artists to complement the vibrant food and beverage selections showcased at the festival. Notable Black chefs include: Amaris Jones, Chris Williams, Kardea Brown, Prince Lobo and more.
BayHaven Food & Wine Fest
Now in it's this third year, this five-day Charlotte-based fest will bring together more than 75 of the nation's best Black chefs, mixologists and entrepreneurs. Created by James Beard nominated chef Gregory Collier and his wife Subrina, from October 4-8, 2023, guests will be treated to mouthwatering cuisine from folks like: Josh Lee of Atlanta, Adrian Lipscombe, Chef Cleophus Hethington and more.
Chef Kwame's Family Reunion
One of the staple events for all-things Black culinary, Chef Kwame Onwuachi brings together an all-star roster of Black chefs, spirit brand owners, and celebs for the ultimate weekend of fellowship. Going down August 17-20, 2023 at Sheila Johnson's Salamander Resort, the enriching programming is highlighted by some of the industry’s top talent including Rodney Scott, Nina Compton, Gregory Gourdet, Mashama Bailey, Tavel Bristol-Joseph and several surprise guests.
Mauna Lani Culinary Classic
This inaugural epicurean celebration features the best in gastronomy, wine, and mixology, and will take place at the Big Island's stunning Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. In addition, this event will celebrate Hawaii’s unique agricultural heritage and local bounty with esteemed culinary trailblazers from across America. James Beard Award nominee Chef Tiffany Derry will be in attendance, whipping up some of her best dishes.
The Bahamas Culinary & Arts Fest
The festival takes place October 27-29 at Nassau's Baha Mar Resort with unique culinary and cultural events including exclusive dinners, tastings with master chefs and intimate cultural conversations. Standout guests include: Chef Carla Hall, Red Rooster Harlem's Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bahamian powerhouse Chef Simeon Hall Jr.