Sunday marked the last day of the 2022 BayHaven Food and Wine Festival. The five-day-long event celebrates the culinary prowess of Black chefs and mixologists from all over.

Quientina Stewart, a chef and professor at Johnson & Wales, is on the board this year. Stewart told QCity Metro that she’s most proud of seeing how many students and alumni of Johnson & Wales participated in the event.

“The food is amazing,” Stewart said. “That’s the greatest part.”

Co-founder of BayHaven Restaurant Group, Subrina Collier, also looked forward to this year’s homecoming-themed festivities, specifically in HBCU-style. Collier told QCity Metro that while she did not attend an HBCU herself, she became familiar with the culture through friends and family.

“I want people to have a reason to come back,” said Collier. “I want people to start recognizing Charlotte as an anchor place for food and entertainment.”

BayHaven wasn’t the only Black excellence displayed at Camp North End this weekend. Just a few paces away from the venue, BlkMkrt hosted a pop-up shop for local Black-owned businesses. Check out what the scene was like below.

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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