The Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival Set to Ignite South Florida with a Spectacular Showcase of Culinary Delights and Cultural Fusion

The Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival Set to Ignite South Florida with a Spectacular Showcase of Culinary Delights and Cultural Fusion

 The Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival is set to showcase South Florida’s Black-owned restaurants on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Historic Overtown at The Urban (1000 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33136). The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Miami-Dade County Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, and the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) sponsor the event.

Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival presents the many cuisine flavors and entertainment of the African diaspora through small bites, winetastings, and live-cooking demonstrations, highlighting local Black chefs and Black-owned restaurants and food trucks for an all-day outdoor event. Attendees can RSVP to attend for free at

A part of the festival’s list of over 25 South Florida culinary options, popular hotspots include Lil Greenhouse Grill, Dessert Wars 2023 People Choice Champion Phuse Cream with its macaroon ice cream sandwiches, Perry Wings, Rejoice African Restaurant and Bar, FoodDude Fresh Jerk Grill, Ty’s Hometown Cafe & Bistros(Winner of Brightline and Miami Dade College Inaugural Food Truck Enterprise program), Fannoh Flavor─South Florida’s first West African food truck, Tropical Oasis Food Truck, Smokey Bears Barbecue, Upper Tea and More!

Black-owned wine and spirit offerings will be available, and popular South Florida Black mixologists will provide cocktail demonstrations. The impetus of the Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival is to boost the Blackeconomic ecosystem and provide attendees exposure to Black-owned restaurants in South Florida they can continue to patronize. In addition to culinary delights, the festival will feature an explosion of Black culture through art, crafts, and music from local Black vendors. Entry to BlackPepper Food & Wine Festival is free. Cuisine and vendor purchases are made separately.

The Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival co-founders Alexis Brown and Joel Franklin have a strong track record of promoting creative and entertaining events and executing great projects.  Brown, an event producer, and businesswoman, is the founder of Socialxchange, Inc. This full-service event agency specializes in marketing strategies and event curation for the multicultural/ urban market. Some of her event initiatives include BASEL BAE (Black Art Experience), Saturday Sweat – culturally relevant wellness experience, SocialXcapade Travel Experience, In the Mix (Network & Panel Series), Drive-in & Vibe (Movie Night & Concert Series), and more.

Franklin, a serial entrepreneur, owns Phuse Cream and Dope Smoke Shop (two locations) and founded Phuse Food LLC & 2klife, a premier lifestyle brand encompassing events, film, food, and media. He brings his diverse entrepreneurial background and event promotion prowess to the festival.

“We are excited to bring Black Pepper Food Fest back to Historic Overtown. This year promises to be another unforgettable experience of delectable cuisine, exquisite wines, captivating entertainment, and the celebration of diverse cultures,” says Alexis Brown, Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival co-founder.

“By supporting this signature event that brings the community together in our historic neighborhoods like Overtown, offering all comers to experience its distinct flavors and ambiance, we also see where the Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival energizes the individual talents of Black businesses that contribute to the wellbeing of our economy,” said Connie Kinnard, senior vice president, multicultural tourism and development department, GMCVB. “Our hope is that every Black-owned business participating in the event has a special opportunity to grow and raise its profile.”

The Black Pepper, Food & Wine Festival provides an exceptional moment for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the diversity and richness of the African diaspora, which continues to foster unity and understanding among the region’s multicultural communities.

WHO: South Florida Black-Owned Restaurants, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT, and festival founders Alexis Brown & Joel Franklin

WHAT: Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Historic Overtown Miami | The Urban | 1000 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33136

For more information, visit: To attend the Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival, visit