Beach bod season is at long last upon us, but dream on if you think that means you've got to completely sidestep the soulful temptations put out by dishes like on-the-bone ribs, hoppin' john, fried okra, ham hocks, and biscuits and gravy. If you pair such dishes with a serving of classic disco and a Soul Train line, then those quickly accrued calories will fall right off in a boogie-inspired sweat. If this scene piques your interest, then do yourself a solid and snag a ticket before booking it over to the Taste of Soul this weekend where prime examples of Southern cuisine, classic board games, and arts and crafts are available from local vendors and restaurants. Musical acts play unforgettables from Soul Train legends like Marvin Gaye, Chic, Cameo, and Earth Wind and Fire, which we assume you can dig if you're still breathing. Those hesitant to commit should remember that the beach bod is only protected from soul food via disco once a year, so failing to miss this funky park outing would be the wise cat's move.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 13 | Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St. | 407-907-8162 | gopartylive.com/tasteofsoul