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Mississippi Sights Sounds and Food Traditions

Mississippi Regions

Mississippi Monmouth Mansion NatchezDelta As diverse as the crops that grow here and the music that made it famous, the Mississippi Delta is a melting pot of cultures – from African to Italian to Asian.

Capital-River from a mighty river and antebellum mansions to downtowns with restaurants featuring soul food, authentic ethnic dishes and modern culinary delights.

Pines barbecue and bakeries, cheese and cheesecakes, the tastes of this region take their influences from their Native American heritage and the railroads that brought lumber, cotton and other goods.

Hills home to William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Southern fiction characters, platters of fried chicken, skillets of cornbread, and delicacies such as pecan pie.

Coast a little of everything:  golf, gambling, art, architecture and great food. Immigrants from all over the world – Croatian, Vietnamese and French – a blend of cultures and culinary traditions.

Sights and Sounds

GracelandThe B.B. King Museum is a tribute to one of Mississippi’s most famous sons and the land that inspired his music. With its sleek, linear design, the 20,000-square-foot museum carved out of an old cotton gin is a convergence of old and new and is a cornerstone of Mississippi’s blues heritage.

The Birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi is the only location in the world where you can see, feel and touch where the King of Rock & Roll began his musical journey.

Delta Blues Museum in the land where the Blues began, just 90 miles south of Memphis, is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of this unique American musical art form.

Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. Its surrender on July 4, 1863, coupled with the fall of Port Hudson, Louisiana, divided the South, and gave the North undisputed control of the Mississippi River. It includes 1,330 monuments and markers, a 16-mile tour road, a restored Union gunboat, and a National Cemetery.

Natchez’s historic district is of the oldest permanent settlement along the Mississippi. It boasts over 500 historic homes and sites, seasonal trees, unique courtyards, five historical churches and roof top views.

Numerous antebellum mansions, many of them private residences, open their doors to visitors during the five-week Pilgrimage every spring and fall.

Food and Drink

Food FarmersThe Mississippi Story can be told through heirloom recipes, family-owned restaurants and farm-to-table menus full of celebrated dishes. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, Mississippi’s culinary heritage is home to award-winning chefs, noted national food writers, as well as some of the best home cooks and out-of-the way diners to be found anywhere.

Mississippi is a true melting pot of regional, ethnic, national and international cuisine

African-American Influence what has come to be known and loved nationally as “soul food” runs through virtually all culinary styles. Traditional Southern fare such as barbeque, comfort food and sweet tea; a cooking style that Mississippi can truly call its own.

In the early twentieth century, migrant workers from Mexico left their mark on the Mississippi Delta with the ever-popular tamale. Italians, Chinese, Lebanese and other immigrants also reshaped the course of Mississippi cuisine. In Jackson, the Greek influx of the mid-twentieth century remains a dominant force on the local restaurant scene. Along the Gulf Coast, newcomers from Croatia, Italy and Vietnam settled in to enrich and expand upon traditional Gulf seafood dishes.

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