2014 Mississippi: January to July 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2015 - 2009)
February 14, 2014 VALENTINE’S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled today. They are too numerous to list.
March 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week 2014 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.
March 25, 2014 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
April 5, 2014 9th Annual Sante South Wine Festival
Santé South has grown into the largest wine and culinary extravaganza in the state of Mississippi. A signature for the capital city of Jackson, it has generated more than $300,000 in proceeds for the Alzheimer’s Association | Mississippi Chapter. Truly Mississippi’s top luxury wine and food experience! Epicureans and connoisseurs in the greater Southeast revel in the fresh and flavorful cuisine. Only small production and boutique wineries are invited to Santé South.
April 5, 2014 39th Annual World Catfish Festival - Belzoni, Mississippi
The Catfish Capital of the World. Crowning of Miss Catfish, Catfish Eating Contest, Catfish on Parade, music, arts, crafts.
(also: worldcatfishfestival.org )
April 5, 2014 7th Annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off
Official Mississippi International Chili Society Cook-Off, held in conjunction the with the Green Market at the Corinth Depot, which offers produce, arts and crafts.
April 17, 2014 10th Annual Taste of DeSoto - Southhaven, Mississippi
This annual food tasting event showcases awesome cuisine of over 40 area restaurants, complete with a silent auction and live entertainment. The Taste of DeSoto benefits the American Liver Foundation and local charities. Last year we had over 1000 attendees for this popular event.
April 17-20 & 24-27, 2014 22nd Annual Crawfish Music Festival
Cookin' up over 20,000 lbs. of cajun mudbugs! Ay-Yee! Plus the Crawfish Cookoff the second Saturday. Locals competed for cash, the coveted Budweiser Trophies, and bragging rights! Folks purchase a Tasting Ticket, try them all, then cast their vote for the People's Choice Winner. Then a select group of MudBug Experts taste all the entries and through a points-system determine the Judge's Championship. Concerts, Midway Rides, etc.
April 22, 2014 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
May 3, 2014 5th Annual BBQ Challenge - Lucedale, Mississippi
The George County Fire Fighter Association will be hosting its annual BBQ Challenge. There will be a car/ bike show, arts & crafts, live entertainment, space jumps, dunkin’ booth and food vendors.
May 11, 2014 MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)
June 7, 2014 Walthall County Dairy Festival - Tylertown, Mississippi
Always held the first Saturday in June, the all day event is staged at Holmes Water Park and attracts thousands each year. Attractions include a pageant, mooing & butter churning contests, arts & crafts, entertainment, and fireworks.
June 7, 2014 9th Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Blueberry season is in high gear and the town of Ocean Springs sets out to stain the streets of Downtown Ocean Springs—and the teeth of festival goer’s alike—blue, during the town’s Red, White and Blueberry Festival! Event offers an assortment of antiques, crafts, fresh produce, plenty of blueberry products, open houses for downtown businesses and much more!
June 14, 2014 Blueberry Jubilee - Poplarville, Mississippi
The Blueberry Jubilee is an arts and crafts fair held the second Saturday in June of each year. Located in downtown Poplarville, Mississippi, the Blueberry Jubilee attracts about 10,000 visitors each year. The Jubilee features arts & crafts, storytelling, live entertainment, lots of food, and down home southern hospitality.
June 20-21, 2014 Desoto Shrine Club 6th Annual BBQ Cook Off
The event has been proclaimed by the governor of Mississippi, as a State Championship and sanctioned by KCBS. We plan to put on a quality contest again this year in one of the most pristine environments of any BBQ Cookoff in the country.
JULY 4, 2014 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 10-12, 2014 27th Annual Slugburger Festival - Corinth, Mississippi
A one of a kind favorite, named in honor of a unique 'burger', a deep-fried beef and soy meal patty. Live entertainment, arts, crafts, carnival rides, and slugburger samplings. The carnival is located on Court Square.
July 12, 2014 Annual Ice Cream Safari - Jackson, Mississippi
Ice Cream Safari is held at the Jackson Zoo. 5,000 visitors sample over a dozen ice cream favors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and they are asked to vote for their favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper.
July 18-19, 2014 36th Annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival
It's a time to eat all the watermelon you can handle, enjoy games such as seed spitting and watermelon eating contests, music, and the warm days of summer in Mize, home of world famous Smith County watermelons.
July 25-27, 2014 Natchez Food & Wine Festival - Natchez, Mississippi
The Natchez Food and Wine Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the area. With an agenda taking you from one remarkable experience to the next, you will find yourself constantly surrounded with some of the region's most prominent chefs and restaurants, and indulged in the finest of food, wine, and entertainment.