Juneteenth Foodways Festival June 16

Juneteenth Foodways Festival | Made possible through the generosity of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation

Friday, June 16, 2023

3:30 – 4:30 $20 Early Access Pass

4:30-8:30 Free General Admission


Join us for the 2nd annual Juneteenth Foodways Festival, inspired by an exceptional event. After the 23rd president of the United States took office in 1889, he made some important changes. He modernized the White House with the installation of electricity. He hired the first woman onto his professional administrative staff. And he fired the French chef working in the White House, and invited renowned Black caterer and chef Dolly Johnson to bring All-American cuisine to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Juneteenth Foodways Festival, made possible through the generosity of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, highlights the story of Dolly Johnson and shares Black foodways contributions to American culture while supporting local Black-owned businesses.

Dolly Johnson will be brought to life through an reenactment in partnership with Freetown Village.

Come taste a wide array of Indianapolis’ most delectably diverse food offerings, browse the unique offerings of our retail partners, and explore the story of Dolly Johnson with a reenactment from our patterns at Freetown Village.

Want to beat the crowds? Check out our Early Access Pass tickets here!

We are excited to announce our partners:

Food Partners

18th St. Distillery

5 Star BBQ

Big J’s Kitchen & Catering

Black Leaf Vegan

Black Lemon


Crab Tacoz, Wingz, nd Thangz

Generations Pie Company

Gip Got Tips

Later Taters

Market Square Popcorn

Marsha’s Specialty Dessert

My Kitchen Rocks

RMY’s Soul / Comfort Food

Samora Red

Second Helpings

Sip & Share Wine

Taste of Manila

Tea’s Me Cafe

The Coney Lady

The Jollof Buka

Tonia’s On a Roll

Retail Partners

Bag Your Thingz

Big Taste

Brown Girls Can!

Ebony & Ivory

Groove Candles

Guy’s Cooking Creation

Panthera Elite

Unique Designs by Michelle

Yarbros Custom

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