Parks Director: Soul Food Festival Won’t Be Asked Back
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The city parks department says it won’t be inviting the Soul Food Festival back to Forest Park next summer, after complaints that the weekend event had long lines, 40-minute gaps between performances and left behind mounds of trash.
City Parks Director Gary Bess says the Oklahoma-based promoter that ran the event let the bands play to late into the night and too loud.
“The music at the festival could be heard at The Muny during a performance,” he says.
Bess says the event left Art Hill strewn with garbage and the promoters have forfeited their $1,000 deposit.
Bess was asked if he knew the Oklahoma-based promoter of the event had an F-rating from the Better Business Bureau.
“That’s something I just learned today,” he said. “I certainly would have done more investigation into the group. If you look at their webpage, it’s a national show.”
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