Annual Mississippi Delta Rice Tasting is a go Sept. 16, but with a twist

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An attendee at a previous Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon loads his plate — photo courtesy Delta State University

People can enjoy the annual rice tasting event held in Bolivar County, Mississippi, in a different format this year.

The Rice Festival will be held Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the streets of downtown Merigold.

“This year will mark 31 years of celebrating rice during the third week of September in Bolivar County,” said Mississippi State University Extension Service coordinator and agent Laura Giaccaglia, who works with the Delta Rice Promotions Board to organize the event.

“Even though we are doing things in a different way this year, our focus is still to make the public aware of the versatility of rice and to show appreciation to those who are in the rice industry.”

In the past, the Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon was held indoors at Delta State University,

Attendees can taste rice dishes from local restaurants, shop with vendors, see exhibits, and enjoy music and children’s activities. A rice queen also will be announced.

The event is open to the public. Admission is free and does not require a ticket.

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