On Saturday August 19th from 11 am to 4 pm, the Eat to Live Food Cooperative located at 2323 South Salina Street (across from Peoples AME Zion Church) will host the Taste.of.Sankofa, a food focused festival that celebrates the eclectic flair of the neighborhood.
VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE - Email SankofaSoulDistrict@Gmail.com or 315-484-6670
ENTER THE "Best BBQ" Contest - Call 315-484-6670 to ENTER or email SankofaSoulDistrict@Gmail.com
Sankofa History (SankofaDistrict.Syr.edu)
The Sankofa District in Syracuse, New York runs along South Salina Street from Taylor Street to Newell Avenue. Encompassing the heart of the south side of Syracuse, the area will be celebrated as the drum and heartbeat of the city. The Sankofa district includes locally owned businesses, cultural, social, and artistic venues, and historic housing along the South Salina Street corridor.
Since 2010, the number of new locally owned businesses has tripled in the Sankofa District. A new cafe, an upscale wine and liquor shop, a pocket park, a public access technology center, an affordable restaurant, and a cooperatively owned grocery store have added to the area's allure.
Sankofa Park was created out of a dusty, vacant lot to provide a green haven to area residents and visitors. Located directly behind Beauchamp Branch Public Library, the park offers an opportunity for neighbors and library patrons to read, relax, and study outdoors. As part of the districts increasingly important green initiative, lighting in and around the park utilizes LEED technology. During the summer people from across the city enjoy the SOUTH SIDE FILM FESTIVAL and free jazz, blues, and R&B concerts. The park's activities bring people from all sides of the city and county to celebrate as one community.
The first new commercial construction in over 30 years, the Eat to Live Food Co-op provides its customers and member-owners with locally grown produce and other food products. While contributing to reducing the carbon footprint in the area, this 3,000 square foot grocery store was designed to help improve the health of the local community by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Residents walk to the grocery store to purchase good food for themselves and their families.
The Sankofa District transformation resulted from the leadership in Syracuse and Onondaga County which encouraged the development of a unique cultural area that would complement the other cultural areas throughout the city of Syracuse. This metamorphosis was made possible through the collaborative spirit of local government, private businesses, foundations and educational institutions. The district's local business association continues to work with public and private partners across the city to attract additional development, namely those retail and restaurant businesses with high profit potential, to the area. (SankofaDistrict.syr.edu)