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What better time to indulge in the undeniably delicious tastes of Mississippi than when the temps begin to dip in fall. From fresh Gulf shrimp to farm-raised catfish, sweet pecan pies to sweet potatoes, Delta hot tamales and barbecue, you can satisfy any Southern cuisine craving you may have at the following fall festivals and culinary events.

Due to COVID-19, some events have canceled or have been postponed to next  year. Please visit the event website for details.

Forks & Corks

Held annually by the Starkville Arts Council, Forks & Corks focuses on the culinary arts in the Golden Triangle Region. Have a night out and sample the best of the culinary arts North Mississippi has to offer. www.starkvillearts.net

Biloxi Seafood Festival

This annual seafood festival is a celebration of the City of Biloxi’s acclaimed seafood heritage. Attendees enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities and the best seafood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sunday features the Sun Herald Gumbo Championship, where attendees can taste professional and amateur gumbo from teams competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show Awards. 

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Chefs of the Coast

Dine like a star at this year’s Hollywood-themed Chefs of the Coast event in Gulfport. For its 36th year, this culinary event will treat guests to gourmet food samplings from more than 30 Gulf Coast restaurants, a wine tasting and live music at the Warehouse, where hundreds of movie props and sets from blockbuster movies and popular television series are housed.

www.chefsofthecoast.org

Pig Pickin’

A Delta State University tradition thirty-two years in the making, Pig Pickin’ combines a BBQ cookout and football for one falltastic weekend. Each year, hundreds of visitors from all over travel to the Cleveland campus to tailgate, enjoy live entertainment, watch a little football and most importantly, sample some of the finest BBQ Mississippi has to serve.

dsupigpickin.com

Gumbo Festival

Gumbo lovers rejoice. Visitors to the International Gumbo Festival in downtown Jackson are able to sample selections from more than twenty gumbo-cooking teams from across the Southeast region. Fun for the whole family, the outdoor event held at Smith Park also features children’s activities, food trucks and great live music. 

jacksongumbo.com

Mississippi Pecan Festival

Treat the family to a fun-filled day at the Mississippi Pecan Festival six miles outside of Richton, Miss. Nestled under a shady canopy of a pecan grove, visitors are treated to pet parades, draft horse and stock dog demonstrations, live bluegrass music, antique booths and arts and crafts exhibits and much more during this idyllic, family-friendly day in the country.

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Delta Hot Tamale Festival

Greenville, Miss., the official Hot Tamale Capital of the World, will kick off the annual celebration of the region’s unique tamale heritage with in-depth, ticketed Delta tamale experiences featuring a stellar literary lineup and award-winning chefs. On Saturday, the community’s celebration of tamales culminates as arts and crafts exhibitors and family fun take over downtown Greenville.

mainstreetgreenville.com

Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival

Vardaman, Miss., Sweet Potato Capital of the World, invites all ages to celebrate the Mississippi staple crop during its week-long celebration beginning Nov. 3. Opening day activities include a 5K run/walk, political speakers, famous BBQ Chicken on Main Street at the Front Porch, a sweet potato tasting Booth, a Pie eating contest and live entertainment.

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