TUPELO – The annual B2B Expo and Taste of Tupelo have merged into one event, and it seems to have been a popular move.
More than 100 businesses have signed up to take part in the event – now simply called Taste of Tupelo – that promotes local businesses, restaurants, products and services.
It will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Arena.
“We were looking for a way to upgrade the event,” said Mallory Rutledge, the communications director of the Community Development Foundation, which sponsors the event
Instead of a day-long affair for exhibitors, followed by a sampling of foods from area restaurants in the evening, everything is compressed into a more efficient three-hour span.
And rather than being an invitation-only event, the new Taste of Tupelo is open to the public.
“But now it costs $5 to attend,” Rutledge said.
Tickets will be sold at the door, but CDF is encouraging online purchases at www.cdfms.org.
Another change is that Taste of Tupelo is open only to those 21 and older, since food and drink will be served at the event.
More than 1,200 people attended last year, and it is the largest exhibition of its kind in Northeast Mississippi.