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Celebrate Juneteenth with a taste of the city’s Black-owned eateries

Celebrate Juneteenth with a taste of the city’s Black-owned eateries

Jack McLaughlin

A Taste of Juneteenth!, a free event hosted by the Columbus Urban League and the Minority Small Business Resiliency Initiative, will highlight some of the best Black-owned businesses in the city.

A Taste of Juneteenth! will be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 19 at the Columbus Urban League at 788 Mt. Vernon Ave.

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The state of Ohio and Franklin County have both recognized Juneteenth—a traditional holiday held each year on June 19 recognizing the emancipation of African Americans in the United States—as an official holiday for the first time this year.

One of the on-site vendors for Saturday’s celebration is the Columbus-based dessert purveyor Q’s Cakes, who’s set to be serving up sweets of all kinds, such as fresh-baked cookies, cake jars, banana pudding, and even waffle bowls.

While the gathering will be highlighted by food, there will be more than just good eats on hand. The event will also feature a long list of local makers, artisans, and creatives, as well as a live DJ and line dancing.

These aren’t exhaustive lists, but if you’d like to check out even more black-owned businesses in the Columbus area over the course of the Juneteenth weekend, you can find some through the Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce (one of the event’s partners) and the Blackout Coalition.

And if you’d like to keep the activities going, the Columbus Urban League is also hosting their annual Fishing with Dad! Father’s Day event from noon to 6 p.m. June 19 at nearby Mayme Moore Park at 867 Mt. Vernon Ave. Free grab and go fishing gear will be provided.

If you like this, read: Get details on the Columbus Juneteenth celebration

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