Experiencing Local Flavor!
Mississippi has a rich food culture that showcases the history and resources of the state. Local food in Mississippi contributes to how families celebrate, how people gather, and the economy of the state. Food preparation is deeply rooted in family traditions and products available in the local region. From the barbecue of the northern parts of the state to the seafood and fresh produce of the coast, and stretching across to the tamales of the Delta, Mississippi has a food experience and a “Local Flavor” that you don’t want to miss.
Here are some resources to get you started in creating a culinary experience in your town.
A Taste of Ocean Springs
Mississippi State University Extension Agritourism
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC)
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Visit Mississippi Team
Developing Rural Tourism
Stronger Economies Together Tourism
Tourism Technology Marketing
(Videos, PowerPoint presentations, and Curriculum Guides)
Mississippi Alabama Tennessee Rural Tourism Conference
Initiatives and Organizations Bon Apetite’ Appalachia
Just for Fun - Food Events in Mississippi
Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival
Delta Hot Tamale Festival - Tamale Festival
People can enjoy the annual rice tasting event held in Bolivar County in a different format this year. The Rice Festival will be held Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the streets of downtown Merigold.
From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.
The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.