Mississippi April 17, 2016
9 Festivals In Mississippi That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss
Mississippi and great food just go together, so it only makes sense that the state hosts a slew of food-related festivals. Some great festivals, such as Belzoni’s
World Catfish Festival and Jackson’s Sante South Wine Festival, have already come and gone, but there are still several more to look forward to this year. If spending the day indulging on amazing local cuisine sounds like your idea of a good time, check out the list below for some of the state’s upcoming food festivals.
1. Slugburger Festival, Corinth
For nearly three decades, crowds have gathered in Corinth to celebrate the local culinary creation, the slugburger. This three-day festival has grown tremendously and now includes live entertainment, carnival rides, the Slug market, the Slugburger Pageant, and, of course, a slugburger eating competition.
, July 7-9, 2016
2. Annual Crawfish Music Festival, Biloxi
For over two decades, this festival has been bringing family fun, live entertainment, and tens of thousands of pounds of mouthwatering crawfish to the Gulf Coast. The festival takes place over two weekends on the front grounds of the Coast Coliseum. Attendees can purchase tasting tickets and indulge on some of the best mudbugs around.
Annual Crawfish Music Festival
, April 21-24, 2016
3. Sweet Potato Festival, Vardaman
As the “Sweet Potato Capital of the World,” it should come as no surprise that Vardaman hosts an annual festival dedicated to the vegetable. Held in November, the festival includes several food booths featuring a variety of sweet potato dishes as well as Vardaman’s “famous chicken dinners.”
Sweet Potato Festival
, November 2016
4. Watermelon Festival, Mize
Whether you’re a watermelon fan or not, you’ll definitely want to check out this festival. The two-day long event is held every July and includes all types of amazing food - in addition to free watermelon, of course.
, July 15-16, 2016
5. Blueberry Jubilee, Poplarville
This Poplaville festival attracts over 10,000 visitors every year. More than just blueberries, the annual event includes locally made arts and crafts, storytelling, live entertainment, and lots of food.
, June 11, 2016
6. Hot Tamale Festival, Greenville
Celebrating the Delta’s specialty, the hot tamale, this annual festival takes place each October. The three-day long affair includes a tamale cooking contest and a tamale eating contest, making it the perfect time to indulge on the food that has become synonymous with the Delta.
Hot Tamale Festival
, October 13-15, 2016
7. Pig Pickin’, Cleveland
Put on by Delta State College’s Alumni Association for the past 30 years, Pig Pickin’ is more than a festival; it’s a tradition – and a tasty one at that. The event brings hundreds to the college campus for a day filled with live entertainment, tailgating, football, and, of course, an abundance of mouthwatering barbecue.
, September, 2016
8. Natchez Food and Wine Festival, Natchez
One of Natchez’s most anticipated events, the Food and Wine Festival attracts culinary enthusiasts from near and far. Attendees are given the opportunity to sample delicious creations from some of the region’s most prominent chefs and restaurants, which is of course accompanied by an extensive variety of wine.
Natchez Food and Wine Festival
, July 29-30, 2016
9. The Taste of DeSoto, Southaven
Now in its 12th year, the Taste of DeSoto is a unique food tasting event that features the culinary creations of approximately 40 area restaurants.
The Taste of DeSoto
, April 24, 2016
What are your favorite food festivals in Mississippi?