The Honeyland Festival is set to take place in Sugar Land on Nov. 11-12 at Crown Festival Park, 18355 Southwest Freeway. The event is billed as the “sweet spot for food, music and Black creativity,” with Mary J. Blige, Grammy Award-winning R&B and hip-hop soul artist, as its headliner. Admission starts at $175.

The set up

According to a June news release announcing the inaugural event, attendees can expect musical performances, DJ sets and lounge shows from over 20 musicians. These include artists such as Jazmine Sullivan, Tobe Nwigwe and Miguel as well as Houston all-stars, including Slim Thug and Paul Wall.

In addition, culinary demonstrations, exclusive samples, global food vendors and expert panels have been curated by Marcus Samuelsson, a nationally renowned chef, author and television personality often appearing on Food Network, per the release.

Entrepreneur and author Fawn Weaver serves as steward of spirits for the event—which will also feature mixology sessions, podcast conversations and wine downs.

What else?

A Sept. 22 release stated festival organizers have also established a Honeyland Fund to financially support and provide career development for Black creators in the Houston area. The initiative has goals to invest $1 million in grants to the next generation of diverse hospitality leaders over the course of three years.