The Mississippi Gulf Coast is known for many things, but without a doubt, its most notable attribute is the fantastic seafood fresh from the Gulf. Seafood lovers from all around will want to mark their calendars for this premiere one-day event that celebrates good seafood and good fun on Sept. 9. The 42nd Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival is once again bringing only the best of food and fellowship to the city, and this year promises to be an even bigger and better event than ever before.
“The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Biloxi Seafood Festival started in 1981 as an event to help raise funds for small business grants, and it continues to focus on the economic growth of small businesses in the City of Biloxi,” LaWanda Jones, director of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and Military One Coast Liasion, said.
As the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraiser, the festival is “a celebration of seafood heritage in the City of Biloxi.” Along with some of the most delectable offerings from the Gulf, there are many activities to enjoy during this celebration. The Biloxi Town Green is the place to be for a day of great times with great friends and families.
It’s truly a seafood lover’s dream. You’ll have the opportunity to dive into the sea of many flavors awaiting you. Have a taste of gumbo, fried shrimp, crabs, and just about anything fried on a stick, and wash those delicious treats down with your favorite type of libation and icy, cool drinks. You’ll find the largest selection of seafood anywhere.
Just to tease your tastebuds and to get you a little more excited, a few of the food vendors scheduled are Liz and Nomie’s Gourmet Eats, Kat Daddy’s, Sand and Sand BBQ Company, Franny’s Kickin’ Lickin’ Good LLC, Rubens Concession, and many, many more! A cold, yummy snowball is a definite “must” to help beat the heat during this fun fest, and it won’t be too hard to find plenty of stands selling these fun, cool treats. The Biloxi Seafood Festival is one of the top events of the year.
“It has continued to grow year after year, and this year, we have increased the food vendors to focus on the wonderful seafood and cuisines the Gulf Coast has to offer,” Jones said.
Nothing goes better with good food than great music, and there is a full schedule of some exceptional performers. Symone French opens up the entertainment at 10 a.m. Hip Pocket will hit the stage with their rocking grooves at noon. At 2 p.m., Ty Taylor and the Kinfolk take the stage, followed by The Network at 4 p.m. The evening ends with the entertaining Unfazed Show and Band at 7 p.m.
“There will be great live music all day beginning at 10 am,” Jones said. “Activities for the kids, arts and crafts, and many food vendors. There will truly be something for everyone.”
Plus, some of the most beautiful and unique arts and crafts created by very talented artisans from all around the area will be on hand to display their goods and give you a chance to pick out a unique souvenir from your time at the festival.. From quilts to jewelry to paintings to woodwork to almost anything imaginable, you’ll be sure to find a few great treasures, and you can get a head start on your holiday shopping.
“This is always a highly anticipated annual event that showcases the beautiful seafood industry and culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Jones said.
Make plans to be in Biloxi on Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Biloxi Town Green for all the fun, food, and good times. Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information on this fabulous event, visit facebook.com/biloxiseafoodfestival. Enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, culture, and warm hospitality—not to mention all the delicious food. Bon Appetit!!