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Blaktober Food Festival Celebrating Black-Owned Restaurants Starts Next Week

By Colby Smith

Blaktober Food Festival Celebrating Black-Owned Restaurants Starts Next Week

The new festival will feature a variety of special deals, demos, and family-friendly events.

From the minds behind Black People Eats restaurant directory in Chicago comes a fresh new food festival entitled, Blaktober. Throughout the month of October, a number of participating Black-owned restaurants across the Windy City will be offering numerous specials and dish deals. [Featured image: @andysunflowercafe]

As mentioned, Black People Eats is a restaurant directory in Chicago, with markets across America, that highlight Black-owned restaurants within each city. This year, the company created the Juneteenth promotion, wherein Black-owned restaurants across the city promoted food specials priced at $6.19 to draw attention to June 14 as the day signifying the end of slavery in America.

Furthering their efforts in supporting Black-owned restaurants in the city, the group taking things up a notch by devoting the month of October in celebration of these businesses.

“[T]o show how much black lives matter, Black People Eats is back at it again,” the group wrote on their event page. “This time we’re expanding the impact of the culture by bringing you restaurant specials every weekend in October. Plus we are facilitating a virtual experience that connects you to the people behind the food all October.”

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While the entire list of participating businesses in still in the works — founder, Jeremy Joyce, intends to include 30 to 40 — at least three restaurants have already signed on: Andy’s Sunflower Cafe, D&D’s Place, and 5 Loaves Eatery. Additionally, Joyce recruited 15 chefs to submit recipes to an e-cookbook.

Other slated events include live virtual cooking demos as well as virtual workouts on Saturdays. VIP tickets for the event give buyers access to a virtual happy hour, game night, Afrobeats dance class, and a cookie decorating party.

Tickets are now on sale.

See more: 115 Black-Owned Restaurants In Chicago Area You Can Support Right Now