FOOD

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

Mississippi cuisine defies categorization. And, in some cases, it defies imagination. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, Mississippi's culinary heritage has food to please every palate. Our state is home to James Beard award-winning chefs and noted national food writers, as well as some of the best home cooks and out-of-the way diners to be found anywhere.

DRINK

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

Food and drink are at the core of Mississippi culture and history. There’s a saying around here: “Food brings people together at the community table.” We find great joy in sharing the Mississippi story through the heirloom recipes, family-owned restaurants and farm-to-table menus full of our most celebrated dishes. Whether you’re seeking authentic Delta-style hot tamales, an upscale twist on Southern cuisine, or a sampling of Mississippi craft brews or a sip of sweet tea, the next meal always holds something special for you.

  • Mississippi Book Festival

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

    Known as Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party” this free event for book lovers of all ages is held on the grounds of the State Capitol and feature over 150 authors, more than 45 panels, activities and more.

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  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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