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How Sweet It Is - Mississippi's Best Desserts
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a ...
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a few. But those with a sweet tooth shouldn't overlook the many options for dessert lovers, spanning every region of the state. From ice cream to pastries, cobblers to cupcakes, this list has something for everyone.
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While Le Bakery is known for its bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), other local favorites include the strawberry turnovers, taro smoothie, filled croissants, baklava and assorted pastries, which often sell out before noon. More adventurous eaters can try the coconut yuca pie or bubble tea.
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With all cakes made to order, Fleur De Lis is the perfect place for birthday, anniversary or seasonal specialty items. The bakery boasts flavors like pithivier (a butter puff pastry filled with almond cream), Swiss buttercream, doberge (a six-layer, custard-filled cake), white chocolate strawberry, and more. Also be sure to indulge in the coastal tradition of King Cake eating at Mardi Gras if you find yourself in town during the month of February.
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An authentic patisserie in the capital city, La Brioche offers pastries, entremets, tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, and croissants, all with a blend of European and South American influences. Favorites include the French macarons, in various flavors, and the gelato selection.
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Stop in for lunch, but don’t leave without trying a slice of cake. Cotton Alley Café serves up Cajun-style entrees, including catfish, blackened fish, gumbo, oysters and more, but they also pride themselves on their selection of freshly baked cakes and pies, which changes daily. The lemon or strawberry cake are sure-to-please options and are known throughout Natchez as favorites.
Mile-high meringue pie is the feature at this diner-style, local gem called the Crystal Grill. Served in a variety of flavors, you can choose from chocolate, coconut, lemon ice box and more. You can even purchase a whole pie to take with you when you leave.
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this southern diner is famous for its oversized cinnamon rolls in the morning, and its dessert case in the afternoon. Here you can find fresh-made daily pies like pecan, chocolate and coconut. For bread pudding fans, Blue and White offers up some of the best in the area.
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This family owned and operated bakery strives to use local ingredients, from eggs to herbs, and serves up specialties like custom cakes, cupcakes, macarons, specialty breads, cookies, bars, turnovers and more. Choose from cupcake flavors like Mexican chocolate, chocolate coconut curry, brown butter chai, saffron lemon and pistachio rosewater.
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Known as a staple on the historic downtown square, Bottle Tree bakes bagels, scones, muffins, pastries, brioche, cupcakes, cookies, pies and more, fresh daily. Sip a freshly brewed coffee outside for the full experience.
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Black bottom pie is arguable Meridian’s most famous treat, thanks to Weidmann’s restaurant. An icon of the city since 1870, Weidmann’s is located in the heart of downtown. The black bottom pie is made with a gingersnap crust and layers of chocolate and bourbon custard, topped with whipped cream.
Famous for its New Orelans style cuisine, J. Broussard’s dessert menu offers up bread pudding, caramel pecan blondies with cinnamon vanilla ice cream, and crème brulee. The dessert menu is updated regularly with seasonal items like cupcakes, trifles, strawberry cake, beignets, and a variety of house-made ice creams and gelatos.
To find more sweet treats and other foods in Mississippi, see our Food & Drink section.
Yazoo City Boy Competes on Food Network
Photo Cutline: Jacob with his mother, Leslie, and sister, Ellie, in front of their family ...
Photo Cutline: Jacob with his mother, Leslie, and sister, Ellie, in front of their family restaurant in Yazoo City.
Mother and son team Leslie Roark Scott and Jacob Scott of Yazoo City are taking the food competition scene by storm. Leslie competed on Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters in 2015, and 12-year-old Jacob recently competed in Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship, with his episode premiering Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Central Time.
Co-owner of Ubon’s in Yazoo City, Leslie earned the title of “pit master,” winning her first episode of Chopped. According to Jacob, she, along with his grandfather, Gary Roark, has inspired him in his pursuit of the culinary arts.
“I’ve been cooking since I was five or six years old,” he said. “It’s in my veins. My grandfather and my mom passed the tradition on to me. It’s really fun cooking with them – I feel safe and not nervous when they’re around.”
Kids BBQ Championship will feature eight of the country’s finest young barbecuers, taking on the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master. Hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of challenges that will test their barbecue skills as well as their creativity on the grill. Only one will take home the grand prize of $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. The themed challenges will range from a Hawaiian luau to a cowboy campfire.
Jacob is not new to the competition scene – he has experienced helping his mom and grandfather at competitions like Memphis in May, the Big Apple BBQ in New York City and the Windy City Smokeout in Chicago. During the competitions, he said, he helps with pork shoulder prep and generally helps with anything that needs to be done.
In his first-ever competition, he cooked sausage and made his own barbeque sauce using a secret ingredient – his grandmother’s cumquat jam. He was six years old.
“I’ve always loved cooking because it’s peaceful. I can just think and be creative, making whatever I want,” said Jacob.
His signature dish is pork chops stuffed with homemade pimiento cheese, served with squash, asparagus and mashed potatoes. His favorite thing to eat from his Ubon’s, he said, is a brisket sandwich.
As for future aspirations, Jacob hopes to attend business school, culinary school, and eventually open his own restaurant.
“I want to travel around the world and bring the things I like back here,” he said. “I want to mix them with what I already know how to cook to make it even better.”
For more information on Jacob’s episode of Kids BBQ Championship, visit the Food Network blog.
Mississippi's Top Farm-to-Table Eats
The farm-to-table and local food movements have become national trends, and Mississippi restaurants ...
The farm-to-table and local food movements have become national trends, and Mississippi restaurants are ahead of the game. Producing, delivering and serving local products in a way that showcases the food’s natural beauty has become common in almost every corner of the state. Here are some of our best suggestions for eating farm-to-table style:
1. Parlor Market – Jackson, Miss.
Found in the downtown area of Jackson, Parlor Market prides itself on offering locally farm products, providing patrons information each week on where the food was farmed. The restaurant was the brainchild of the late Craig Noone, who dreamed of creating a hot spot for inventive local fare, featuring a new spin on southern favorites. Diners can expect to find items like duck carbonara, Mississippi rabbit and gulf redfish.
2. Delta Bistropub – Greenwood, Miss.
Featuring award-winning cuisine, Delta Bistropub’s unique cuisine is presented in an equally unique setting, a modern, contemporary interior tucked inside a beautifully restored historic building located one block north of The Alluvian hotel in downtown Greenwood. Their menu includes items like fried alligator with comeback sauce, cast iron quail, smoked elk and duck ragu.
3. Big Bad Breakfast – Oxford, Miss.
Owned by renowned Chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast certainly lives up to its name and has quickly become one of Oxford’s most popular eats. One visit to BBB will guarantee you never look at a breakfast plate the same again. Whether it's the house-cured tabasco/brown sugar bacon, crispy southern fried chicken or the Anson Mills steel cut oatmeal, you'll be talking about coming back before you've left the table.
4. Crescent City Grill – Hattiesburg, Miss.
Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-seven of those years have been as the owner, CEO and chef of Crescent City Grill, Purple Parrot Café, Mahogany Bar, Branch, and Tabella, all in Hattiesburg. At Crescent City Grill, customers can look forward to a New Orleans fare with a Mississippi twist. Popular dishes include the sloppy roast beef po’ boy, corn and crabcake bisque and eggplant Orleans.
5. The Manship – Jackson, Miss.
The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen is located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. The creation of Chef Alex Eaton and entrepreneur Steven O’Neill, The Manship transforms the essence of Mediterranean food and southern classics. Eaton and O’Neill strive to capture the cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, while maintaining a southern flair. The menu designs are based on the relationship between the chef and farmers, and the food available at the moment. Some items you’ll find on the menu include heirloom tomato bisque, farmer’s market pizza, duck leg confit, and a long list of fresh, seasonal vegetables.
6. Corks & Cleavers – Gulfport, Miss.
Lead by Chef David Dickensauge, Corks & Cleavers Wine Bistro is a rustic fusion of Mediterrean and Spanish cusine with a Southern flair. Located in the newly restored downtown Gulfport, their menu features dishes sourced from the freshest local products available. Also, enjoy live music on the weekends and a local brew or glass of wine in the downstairs courtyard on the weekends.
For more dining options around the state, see our Food and Drink page.
10 Mississippi Date Night Spots
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique ...
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique hangout spots in each region of the state. Ranging from laid back to romantic, you're sure to find the perfect location for a night out on the town.
The Burgundy Room - Oxford
Nestled on the historic downtown Oxford Square, this bar is located above Old Venice Pizza Co. With plenty of specials and draft beer, this is the perfect place to people watch on the balcony while enjoying a drink.
The Blue Canoe - Tupelo
A laid-back and funky atmosphere can be found at The Blue Canoe – known as Tupelo’s home for original live music. Expect bar food and great selection of tap beer.
The Apothecary - Jackson
Found in the back of Brent’s Drugs and Soda Fountain in Jackson’s Fondren district, The Apothecary is a small, speakeasy-style bar. Try a pre-Prohibition era prescription cocktail or order a non-alcoholic cocktail from the Temperance menu. Don’t miss happy hour or the full bar menu.
Under the Hill Saloon - Natchez
Under-the-Hill Saloon is one of the oldest buildings in the area, and it's patrons of yesteryear were cut-throats, prostitutes and thieves. The area known as Natchez Under-the-Hill, was once a thriving port where cotton was loaded onto paddle-wheelers and shipped north to textile mills for processing. The saloon offers live music on weekends, and occasionally during the week as well.
Delta Bistropub - Greenwood
This contemporary restaurant is nestled inside a renovated historic building one block north of The Alluvian Hotel. Delta Bistropub offers up fresh, farm-to-table plates that change with the seasons. Grab a cozy table or order a cocktail at the modern bar.
Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale
Ground Zero Blues Club is a restaurant by day and blues club by night, situated in a 100 year-old cotton grading warehouse on Blues Alley facing the Delta Blues Museum. Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner, Bill Luckett, opened Ground Zero in 2001 and it soon became one of the most colorful spots in downtown Clarksdale, infused with character and Delta grit.
Sky Bar at The Reef - Biloxi
The Reef is a two-story building housing the main restaurant on the first floor, elevated with a great view, and the Sky Bar on the second floor. The Sky Bar is an open air venue with a band stage and DJ booth featuring local entertainment while serving some of the most diverse craft draft beer on the coast.
Chimney’s - Gulfport
Chimney's Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and steak dishes, and is known as the place to go to catch up with old friends while you’re in town. Enjoy dining in this beautifully built replica of a historic home featuring salvaged bricks from the original house, brick hearths with a central chimney gracing the dining areas, and heart pine floors from an 1820's-era home in Vaiden.
Anthony’s Good Food Market - West Point
Anthony's has become the place for friends from the surrounding area to meet and relax while enjoying traditional Southern fare. Anthony’s stocks more than 80 types of beer, and also allows you to bring your own wine and spirits, if so desired.
The Guestroom - Starkville
Owned by and located above the Restaurant Tyler, this speakeasy style bar offers unique, hand-crafted cocktails, wine and beer selections
National Travel & Tourism Week 2016
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was ...
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was established by a congressional resolution in 1983, and we are celebrating all week with events at our 13 Welcome Centers around the state. Here are some highlights:
SUNDAY, MAY 1
The first and last traveler of the day will receive a Mississippi poster.
Light refreshments served to kick off National Tourism Week
Complimentary tea & coffee will be served and select tourists will receive a souvenir.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to visitors.
Mississippi information bags and cookies will be given to the tourist throughout the day. A lucky tourist will win a fudge tray.
Kick-off National Tourism Week/ Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served to visitors. A Mississippi gift will be raffled off to a lucky visitor.
Lemonade & Cookies to be served to visitors. Giveaways during the day.
MONDAY, MAY 2
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Door prizes will be randomly given to select travelers.
Pat Harrison Waterpark will serve hotdogs, chips and bottled water to tourist visiting the welcome center.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists.
Lauderdale County Homemakers’ Clubs will provide free refreshments for the traveling public.
Coloring books and pencils will be handed out provided by MDOT.
The staff from the Outlets at Vicksburg will visit with the tourist and provide VIP shopping cards. With stores offering shoes to perfume to the latest in children's fashion and everything in between, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Outlets at Vicksburg. Margaret Gilmer, owner, will provide treats and door prizes.
Winterville Mounds State Park will be displaying camping and showing Indian artifacts of their museum.
Red Beans and Rice Monday. Visitors will be able to sample a local favorite. Dorothy McQuarter, local pinestraw basket maker will be demonstrating her basket making in the lobby.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
Travel Rally Day – Display of Travel related items and special signage to appreciate travel and hospitality workers. Handouts on tips for travel. Michelle Williams, MDOT District 1 Anti-Litter Coordinator will be on hand to meet and greet guests and showcase the Anti-Litter display and hand out litter bags, coloring books, pencils, and activity sheets for the kids.
Visitors will have a chance to take a first hand look at the great things happening at the Grammy Museum. A representative will be at the welcome center to set up display showcasing the newly built Grammy Museum. Light r efreshments will be served.
Popcorn, compliments of Visit MS Gulf Coast tourism, will be served from 10am-3pm. Select visitors will receive a souvenir.
Pat Harrison Waterway promotion and cook out.
Dogwood Cross will provide entertainment, McComb Chamber, Magnolia Chamber, Osyka Red Hat Ladies, Osyka Civic Club and MDOT will promote Pike County and hand out goodies. Refreshments will be served.
Rowdy’s Family Restaurant will offer samples of Mississippi pond-raised catfish- fried, grilled, or blackened with original Johnny Sauce. Vicksburg's favorite for over 50 years! Family restaurant concept set in old Vicksburg theme. “The Beatles Guy” Mr. Richard McComas will entertain the tourist with music.
Mars Food, formerly Uncle Ben’s ricewill be at the Welcome Center displaying rice products and giving samples to visitors. Wear red to celebrate tourism!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
It’s National Tourists Appreciation Day. The first traveler of the day that signs in on the daily register will receive a basket of assorted Mississippi Specialty Items. The Alcorn Welcome Center will be giving out specialty door prizes. Festivities will start at Noon – 1:00p.m, with light refreshments served throughout. Tony Bullard, a local artist, will be on hand to meet and greet guest and showcase several of his latest paintings of historic places in Corinth and the surrounding area towns.
Tutwiler Quilters / Tourist Appreciation Day - Th is event will take place from 11:00 a .m. - 2:00 p.m. We will play music throughout the welcome center and serve refreshments.
Tourist Appreciation Day from 11am to 1pm. We will have the DeSoto County mayors, DeSoto County chambers, DeSoto County Tourism, hotels and locals here to spread the word. Food and Drink provided by the Welcome Center Staff.
Hancock County Day: 10am-1pm. The day’s events will feature area tourism partners, such as Hancock County Tourism Bureau, Diamondhead Country Club and POA, Mississippi Gulf coast Retired Senior Partnership. Silver Slipper Casino, Tony’s Restaurant, Dempsey’s Restaurant, Cuz’s Restaurant, Claiborne Hill Supermarket, and Bay Hideaway Campground, (to name a few) will join the staff in welcoming tourists to the area.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Banana's Mini Golf & Arcade and Feel The Freeze Yogurt Shop- Gulfport. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Random Door Prizes will be given out to travelers that sign the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to compete to complete different Mississippi Puzzle Trivia to win door prizes.
Harrison County Day: 10am-1pm, local casinos, restaurants, hotels and area attractions will join welcome center staff in welcoming tourists to our area with special treats.
Crossroads Pottery & Master Gardeners, 11 am to 1 pm.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands Waterpark-Ocean Springs, Scranton Nature Center-Pascagoula (with a rabbit or a snake) Gulf Hills Resort and Golf Club-Ocean Springs with a mini putting green.
Old fashioned lemonade will be served on the porch while local artist, Sandra McMullen and Jack Harris along with their friends, provide musical entertainment on the front lawn of the welcome center.
Hampton Inn of McComb will greet tourist and hand out cookies. Pat Harrison Waterway will promote our parks. They will serve hotdogs and water to visitors.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Staff will give out specialty items to the tourists as a token of our appreciation.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Jackson County Chamber with Jackson County businesses. Hampton Inn- Ocean Springs. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples. John and Mabel with the Retiree Partnership.
Meridian/Lauderdale County tourism Day. Local Attractions will be highlighted in a special display and free cake will be provided.
McComb Recreation will serve popcorn and hand out goodies to the tourist. Bubba Roberts of Osyka will provide entertainment with his Harmonica.
Mississippi items will be given to visitors.
Staffers will serve cookies and lemonade throughout day. Mississippi blues music to be played throughout day.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Travel Information bags will be available with travel and packing tips which will also include the new Daily Corinthian 2016 Summer Dine & Entertain in the Crossroads publication. The dining guide has menus and several coupons inside. Mississippi Specialty Items gift basket will be given out to the last tourist of the day to sign the register.
A PowerPoint video from the week of activities will be place on display in lobby for guests to view. Light refreshments will be served .
Gold Wings Road Riders Association will be onsite from 11am to 1pm to give visitors and the public instructions on all they need to know about motorcycles from safety to riding and being visible on the road.
Cake & tea will be served.
Roots of Elvis Fan Club & Natdhez Trace Parkway, from 9 am to 11 am.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands National Seashore-Ocean Springs. Busted Wrench-Gulfport free automobile museum.
David Brewer of Summit will provide entertainment with country and gospel songs. Cookies will be served.
Mississippi Specialty items will be given to tourists as this is the last day of National Tourism and Travel. Max and Erma’s restaurant refreshments will be on display.
Lemonade and cookies served throughout the day.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
Complimentary chocolate and Mother’s Day card to all mothers from 10am-1pm.
Mothers’ Day promotions will be given away.
Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Attraction
The results are in, and with a total of 4,410 votes by the public, Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate ...
The results are in, and with a total of 4,410 votes by the public, Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Attraction is...Camping at Tishomingo State Park!
Through a bracket-style competition, Mississippi's Ultimate Outdoor Throwdown allowed users to vote on which of 32 destinations was their favorite. You can see the complete results here by clicking "Rank" under "Results View."
Find more information about camping Tishomingo State Park on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website:
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.! The park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Today's visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border trails once walked by Native Americans.
Whether you stay in a tent, RV, or cabin, you'll have an affordable adventure for the whole family. Congratulations to Tishomingo State Park on the 2016 title!
Mississippi Spring Festivals and Events
Mississippi has a festival for just about anything. We love an excuse to celebrate our unique art, ...
Mississippi has a festival for just about anything. We love an excuse to celebrate our unique art, food and culture, and in the spring, our wonderful weather. We take advantage of our temperate spring climate and slower schedules, which pick up during fall football season. Below are a few of our most popular April and May festivals. We hope you’ll join us!
Mudbug Bash • Hernando – April 9
This Southern-style, outdoor festival features all the crawfish and trimmings you can eat. Also expect to see silent and live auctions, samplings from local restaurants, live music and more. All proceeds benefit Palmer Home for Children, a non-profit organization providing stable homes for children in need of family structure.
Juke Joint Festival • Clarksdale – April 14-17
The 13th annual Juke Joint Festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues performers who have passed away during the last year — including Juke Fest regulars like LC Ulmer, Elmo Williams and Eddie Cusic, as well as other Mississippi bluesmen like B.B. King. Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates the past and living history by presenting more than 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend, most of them Mississippians or Southerners.
RiverFest Music and Arts Festival • Vicksburg – April 15-16
The annual RiverFest features live music as well as free Saturday daytime activities. Saturday's daytime activities start with the DiamondJacks Rhythm Run 5K, the RiverFest Arts & Crafts Show around City Hall, and GospelFest at 11 a.m. in downtown area. Other activities include live music, street performers, children's activities, food booths, and sidewalk sales with participating downtown merchants.
Springfest • Southaven – April 19-23
The city of Southaven will celebrate its 36th birthday with Springfest 2016. Entertainment, concerts and carnival midway, including a variety of rides, games, concessions and more, will be the highlights of the event. In addition, Springfest will once again host the State of Mississippi Barbecue Championship sanctioned by Memphis Barbecue Network and will include a Youth Cooking Competition.
Double Decker Arts Festival • Oxford – April 22-23
Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, this festival showcases Oxford as a town that supports the arts and has grown to be one of the champion events in the region. Double Decker will kick off on Friday evening with Thacker Mountain Radio hosting a live broadcast complete with music. Saturday is an all-day affair featuring nearly two hundred art and food vendors while a generous mix of both local and touring musicians take to the stage.
McComb Blues & Heritage Festival • McComb – April 30
The 2016 McComb Blues & Heritage Festival will feature Mr. Sipp, the Mississippi Blues Child, and two stages with music and dance performances all day. The McComb School District's annual Arts Alive will take place at the festival, as well as performances by students at Jubilee Performing Arts Center. The Railroad Museum will be open and Camellia City Classic Cruisers will show their cars at the festival. Come for arts and crafts, food, games (bungee jump, rock wall, gyro, mechanical bull) and more.
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival • Meridian – May 6-7
The Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival has been a showcase for some very well-known artists since 1953. This year's lineup offers something for everyone. This two-day festival features artists Lucinda Williams, The Bros. Landreth, James McMurtry, The Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Blackberry Smoke, Cedrick Burnside, Keller Williams, Elizabeth Cook, and the Jimmie Rodgers Talent Show Finalist. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a weekend of great music.
Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival • Ocean Springs – May 12
The Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival is an elegant evening for guests to sip and savor an array of food and beverages served up by a selection of more than 100 restaurants and nightlife venues of Ocean Springs. Light music will be provided by Caution Swing Bridge.
MayFest • Olive Branch – May 14
The Olive Branch Old Towne Association brings MayFest to the streets of Old Towne on the second Saturday of May each year. Everyone is invited for a fun-fill day for the entire family, beginning with a 5K run. There will be vendors with food, games, arts and crafts, in addition to live music and entertainment for the children.
B.B. King Museum Homecoming Festival • Indianola – May 28
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola will be the site of the 36th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival on May 28. Serving as a tribute to the King of the Blues, the festival will feature free live music on two stages, a kid’s fun zone and the Mississippi Classic Car Club.
Photo of Double Decker Arts Festival provided by Visit Oxford
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Rambling Steve Gardner & The Jericho Road Show
On a Tuesday or Thursday night this spring, you have the chance to see a band that's sure to ...
On a Tuesday or Thursday night this spring, you have the chance to see a band that's sure to get your foot tapping. Rambling Steve Gardner & The Jericho Road Show headlines the Americana in Mississippi concert tour, which is holding 16 free concerts around the state. Notable local musicians will open for the band along the way.
The Jericho Road Show is a musical collaboration between veteran roots and blues musicians Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee and Bill Steber, who have toured internationally and have a combined release of more than 22 albums. You’ll see Wes Lee pounding a stomp box, Libby Rae Watson on rhythm sticks while Rambling Steve Gardner and Bill Steber add harmonica, saw, banjoukelele, kazoo, washboard and jug. All shows are acoustic and family-friendly.
The band has been described by WWOZ Community Radio, New Orleans as, “Fresh, original and fun! The Jericho Road Show brings the best of the back porch to the front of the big stage. Music to tap your feet, sing along or just jump up and stomp it right on down to the brick.”
Meet the Band:
Rambling Steve Gardner, solo artist and cofounder of the JERICHO ROAD SHOW, National Resophonic Guitar featured artist 7 with more than musical CDs, grew up near Pocahontas, MS. and is now based in Tokyo, Japan where he tours, promotes American Roots & Blues culture in schools, universities and for the U.S. Dept. of State.
Libby Rae Watson, solo artist and co-founder of the group, the Liberaetors from the MS. Gulf Coast, helped start the very first Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, MS. in the late 1970’s. She was a finalist in the 2015 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN.
Wes Lee, born in Alabama and making Mississippi his home since 1995, combines blues, soul, folk and funk to bring listeners what he calls “traditional with a twist” both solo and with his band BLUE ROUX. Wes excels at songwriting and has released more than 6 musical CDs of his original tunes.
Bill Steber, Centerville, TN., founder of the Jake Leg Stompers Jug Band and the electrified duo, Hoodoo Men. He plays his brand of traditional roots and blues music on everything from the saw and harmonica to the banjo-ukelee and National Guitar. Honored by The Blues Foundation with Keeping The Blues Alive award for photography.
See Rambling Steve and The Jericho Road Show perform on the Americana in Mississippi concert tour!