State unveils trails for culinary, agricultural history

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi’s tourism offerings grew Monday with the unveiling of trails highlighting the state’s food and agricultural heritage.
Gov. Haley Barbour announced the trails during the kickoff of Mississippi Travel and Tourism Week, which coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week. The state already has a blues trail with more than 100 markers. Plus, a country music trail was announced earlier this year and a literary trail is in the works.
“In Mississippi, it is not a new idea to share our culture and heritage especially through our culinary delights with our guests,” said Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Director Mary Beth Wilkerson.
“As a result, we find ourselves in the position of using these trails and itineraries as platforms on which to build, an unwavering commitment to showcasing our tourism product with the world.”
The trails are available via VisitMississippi.org and are organized by region. The Daily Journal’s readership is represented in the Hills region and the Pines region of the tours.
The “agri tours” trails showcase the state’s rich, colorful agricultural history. They include farms, historic plantations, old country stores, petting zoos, shrimping tours, u-pick farms, catfish farms and Christmas tree farms.
Northeast Mississippi destinations include the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, Sweet Potato Sweets in Vardaman and Covenant Creek Farm in Belmont.
The destinations on the culinary trail also are varied, but many of the stops are eateries of some sort. In Northeast Mississippi, points on the trail include Gurley’s Restaurant in Guntown, Shirley’s Restaurant in Ripley, White Trolley Cafe in Corinth and Tony’s Cafe in Aberdeen.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.