RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – Sunday Monroe Park in Richmond, at the heart of the VCU campus, was transformed into a “who’s who” with Richmond’s native food culture when attendees launched Sunday’s Mobile Soul.
The event, hosted by the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience (RBRE) from noon to 5pm on March 6, included a variety of food trucks from across the city.
“This is an opportunity for black restaurant food vendors to meet with the community,” said RBRE co-founder Mimi Bowen. “And the community to get a little tasting of the soulful, Caribbean and African vibes.”
One of the sellers was Denise Campbell, co-owner of Traditionz Smokehouse. They attended Mobile Soul Sunday for four years in a row, and she said she expects 2,000 to 4,000 people.
And these people will have plenty of food to choose from.
“We’re currently selling ribs, we’re selling kebabs, chicken, fish, shrimp, southern cuisine – just a little bit,” Campbell said.
If you missed Traditionz, don’t worry – in addition to the three food trucks, the company has two regular branches, one in St. Petersburg and the other in the south of Richmond.
Not only food was offered – in addition to clothing vendors from the Richmond night market, supporters of the Richmond Crusade community, the City League and the Metropolitan Area Health Network were there to offer services to participants.
In fact, RBRE encourages visitors to visit participating restaurants throughout the week. Mobile Soul Sunday is just the beginning of the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, which will last until March 13. You can plan your own tour of Richmond’s local cuisine at RBRE website.
“Food is a lure, but go out and learn something, meet a new friend, try something you wouldn’t normally have,” Bowen said.