Now in its 12th year, the Taste of DeSoto is a unique food tasting event that features the culinary creations of approximately 40 area restaurants. The tasc Performance apparel is made without the use of chemical enhancements and uses bamboo-based natural fibers. French Quarter Festival is excited to take festival merchandise to a whole new level of quality, comfort, exciting design, and natural materials while supporting a Louisiana business. To keep the festival free and open to the public, French Quarter Festival relies heavily on merchandise and poster sales, sponsorships, and beverage sales to generate its operating budget.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality community events at no cost and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. “Chevron is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival,” said Leah Brown Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Chevron invests in local arts and culture to inspire people and fuel the social and economic vitality of New Orleans and Louisiana. We’re looking forward to once again celebrating our area’s special music, cuisine and community.” After Friday night’s fun, a slew of other festival activities are in store throughout the weekend including wine and cheese tasting at The Castle, dinner at Dunleith, The Elms or The Towers, and a host of other events.

GE Digital also returns as a major sponsor supporting a riverfront stage as well as the Festival’s official apps and Social Media Lounge. The FREE French Quarter Festival iPhone App is back, along with the Android App, courtesy of GE Digital. Fans can receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, shuttle information, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience.

With over 1,700 local musicians, it is considered the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world and one of the largest events in Louisiana behind Mardi Gras, with an average economic impact of $200 million. With school right around the corner you probably need to take the kiddos shopping for back to school clothes. Take advantage of this annual tax free holiday and make going back to school a little more fun. The Raise the Roots Genealogy Conference July 16 focuses on American-Indian and African-American genealogy. The Natchez Food and Wine Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the Natchez, Mississippi area.

MISSISSIPPI – 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. In a city famous for its wealth of delicious, decadent, and unique food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. Over 60 vendors feature classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the finest chefs in the region. In order to maintain the authenticity and quality of the cuisine, the Jazz Brunch Committee evaluated each new vendor to ensure they meet specific criteria for participating.

This year the festival teamed up with the James Beard Foundation to announce the nominees of their awards at one of the events. 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 kinfolks soul food festival 2015 museum. From juicy summer watermelons to roasted fall sweet potatoes, there’s a food festival for every season all across Mississippi. The Natchez Trace Century Ride is quickly becoming the largest spring cycling event in Mississippi. Each year, more than 700 cyclists jump start their cycling season with this bucket list ride.

The beautiful courtyard gardens of the Hermann-Grima House are located at 820 St. Louis Street. Whitney Bank Film Fest at French Quarter Festival takes place at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré- celebrating its 100th birthday in one of the oldest community theatres in the country. SuperTalk Mississippi Media is Mississippi’s leader in news, politics, sports, music, and all things Mississippi.

With four statewide radio networks, 12 talk stations, 16 music stations, SuperTalk TV, and over 50 affiliates, SuperTalk Mississippi Media covers every inch of the state. By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with Mississippi Today. Mimi Miller, executive director of the Historic Natchez Foundation, said the goals of the Tricentennial are to commemorate the past, both the good and bad, celebrate and use these events to create a better tomorrow. These include the restoration of an old railroad depot and historic fire trucks to be put on display. Natchez Mayor Larry “Butch” Brown said legacy projects also will include improvements to parks, trails and golf courses. While the events will boost Natchez’ tourism economy this year, the anniversary also has inspired projects that will last for subsequent years.

Entertain yourself this weekend with food, food and more food as the Natchez Food and Wine Festival kicks off Friday night. • The Camp at Natchez Under-the-Hill will also offer an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet in conjunction with the festival from 11 a.m. Guest chef Alex Eaton — who won the 2016 crown of Mississippi Seafood King — will host the Pop Dinner at Rolling River Bistro. Guests chefs will host dinners and wine pairings at Dunleith, The Elms and The Towers. Featuring Fat Cow sliders with gourmet fixings, the event allows attendees to choose craft beers, including Tin Roof, Lazy Magnolia and products from Southwest Distributers and Stokes Distributors. Maybe it’s a glass of simple lemonade, or maybe it’s a perfectly paired wine and cheese combination, but this year’s Natchez Food and Wine Festival will offer plenty of opportunities to tickle the taste buds.

The festival is a two day weekend kicking off with a 5k run and a 10k run on Saturday followed by a 13.1 mile half marathon and a 26.2 mile full distance marathon on Sunday. For each registration, $5 will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Delta. This fun-filled weekend includes the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Sante South Wine Festival and Natchez Trace Century Ride. Established in 1840, Antoine’s, the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015. During the Gala, guests will enjoy the original Main Dining Room, the Mardi Gras-themed Rex, Proteus, and 12th Night Revelers rooms, the Mystery Room, 1840 Room, the Last Room and the Wine Cellar, which holds approximately 25,000 bottles when fully stocked. French Quarter Festival is the only time of the year when Antoine’s allows a non-profit community organization to ‘take over’ – celebrating the opening of French Quarter Festival at this grand Gala event.