7 Mississippi food festivals you don't want to miss

7 Mississippi food festivals you don't want to miss

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Food is the centerpiece of most get-togethers in the Deep South, and the Magnolia State has a plethora of festivals that will whet any food lover's appetite.

From juicy summer watermelons to roasted fall sweet potatoes, there's a food festival for every season all across Mississippi.

Here's the seven festivals to bookmark for your next weekend trip:

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Once known as the "Tomatopolis of the World," the town of Crystal Springs is famous for its annual tomato festival. It's held the last Saturday in June and will have a flea and farmers markets as well as a tomato museum.

Slugburger Festival in Corinth (July 7-9)

Ever heard of the slugburger? It's the town of Corinth's most-prized culinary creation, which is deep-fried beef and soy meal patty. In fact, the burger was once sold for a nickel, which was once called a slug, according to mainstreetcorinth.com.

The three-day festival will have something for the whole family including a slugburger eating competition, live entertainment, carnival rides and a slugburger pageant.

Free watermelon, anyone? This two-day festival will have a watermelon eating contest, car show and some delicious food.

Natchez Food and Wine Festival (July 29-31)

Every summer, one of Natchez's most anticipated festivals brings culinary enthusiasts from all over the country to the Deep South. Well-known chefs present guests with scrumptious dishes that are paired with a variety of wine.

Pig Pickin' in Cleveland (Sept. 23-24)

Pig Pickin' is a Southern tradition put on by the Delta State Alumni Association for the past 30 years. The two-day events includes sizzling barbecue, live entertainment, tailgating and football.

Hot Tamale Festival in Greenville (October 13-15)

The Delta is known for its hot tamale, so, of course, an annual festival takes place every October for the beloved food. The festival lasts three days and includes a tamale eating contest as well as a tamale cooking contest. While you're in town, stop by the Viking Cooking School and learn how to make your very own hot tamales.

This annual festival celebrates a delicious fall vegetable that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Held in November, the Sweet Potato Festival in Vardaman includes many food booths and the town's "famous chicken dinners."

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