9 Must Do’s You Should Experience

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

There are certain experiences you just can’t pass up in the South. In no particular order, here are 9 Must Do’s we think you should try from our 2016 Taste 50 list.

National Cornbread Festival

Every April, this two-day event in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, celebrates the South’s most-lauded quick bread. Pull out your best recipe and take part in the cornbread cook-off, join in for the 5k run, or just enjoy the live music and all the cornbread you can eat. 

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum

Opened in 2006, this museum in Tyzona, Arkansas, works to share the history of tenant farming and agricultural labor movements in the Mississippi River Delta.

Florida Strawberries

With its warm climate and sandy soil, Florida is the ideal place for growing sweet, juicy strawberries, even through the winter. Their strawberry harvest season runs from December through March, and the rest of the South can count on Florida to warm their winter days with the bright flavor of these beautiful gems. 

Food at Jazz Fest

The quality and quantity of the cuisine at Jazz Fest call to the food lover as well as the concertgoer. With more than 70 food vendors, making a decision can be overwhelming, so take it from us and try creamy and spicy Crawfish Monica Pasta. 

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

Banana Pudding

In a region well known for its showpiece desserts, banana pudding stands out as a Southern favorite. The tropical fruit mellows into a creamy, comforting dessert, welcome at any Southern gathering. 

Virginia Oyster Trail

Thanks to the efforts of the Rappahannock Oyster Co., Virginia is now the largest producer of fresh farm-raised oysters on the east coast, and has created a culinary trail to celebrate. Through the trail, folks can connect with the farmers, restaurants, and wineries that are taking part in this delicious revival. 

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

Chilton County Peaches

Few things are as Southern as a peach-the stone fruit harbinger of summer, the epitome of warm days. In Alabama, home of Taste of the South, we find some of our favorites in rural Chilton County. A perfect visit includes a peach hand pie, ice cream with fresh peaches, and a basketful of peaches to take home, of course. 

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

Purple Hull Pea Festival

Each year on the last Saturday in June, folks flock to Emerson, Arkansas, to pay homage to the purple hull pea, a close cousin to the black-eyed pea. The highlight of the weekend is the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, where contestants race their garden tillers down a 200-foot field course. 

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Whether you’re boarding a boat to fish for supper with Chef Nico Romo, attending a class on expert biscuit-making techniques with Carrie Morey, or exploring the city on the Sip & See tour, this immersive Southern food festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences with renowned chefs from all over the South.

The 2016 Taste 9 Must Do's You Should Experience

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