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Seafood Festival is a feast of flavor

Biloxi Chamber of Commerce

The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce will present two days filled with music, art and seafood on Saturday and Sunday with the Biloxi Seafood Festival at Point Cadet Plaza.

The festival, now in its 35th year, is a highly anticipated part of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming the fall festival season. There are about 80 arts and craft vendors anticipated this year. Children can enjoy time on the splash pad and rock wall. Also, signed copies of this year’s festival poster, created by Gulfport artist Benjamin Rusher, will be available for purchase.

The festival’s namesake, however, is seafood, and there will be plenty of it. There will be more than 15 food vendors offering varieties of seafood from traditional fried shrimp and boiled shrimp to shrimp pasta, crab cakes and catfish creole, to name a few dishes.

A full day of music on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with Back Alley. Brennan Roybal will perform atnoon, Miles Flatt will play at 2 p.m., and Southern Halo will play at 4. The headliner of the event is Departure, The Journey Tribute Band. They will play at 6.

Justin Kennedy will return this year to once again create a 200-foot, shrimp poboy. Kennedy will divvy up free samples at 2 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, gumbo will be the star of the show with the Sun Herald Gumbo Championship. The competition will begin at 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony will be held at 3:30.

Rachel Seymour, director of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, said the Gumbo Championship brings out the competitive spirit in participants each year.

“The competition is heating up,” Seymour said. “Everyone always gets super creative with what they do with their gumbo.”

Teams of five will compete in amateur and professional divisions, with a maximum of 10 teams. Last year’s Best of Show winner, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, will be back to defend their championship. This year’s Best of Show will take home $500 and claim the coveted ‘silver gumbo pot’ trophy.

The amateur division offers prizes of $400, $200 and $100 for the top three winners. There also will be prizes of $100 each awarded for the Best Overall Presentation and People’s Choice.

Also on Sunday, festival favorites Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe will play at noon.

Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is $15 for an all-access wristband that covers both days and includes access to the Gumbo Championship. Limited admission on Saturday is $5 from 10-4 and $10 after 4. Admission on Sunday is $5. Admittance to the gumbo championship is an additional $5.

If you go

What: 35th Biloxi Seafood Festival

Where: Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi

When: Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $15 for an all-access wristband that covers both days and includes access to the Gumbo Championship. Limited admission on Saturday is $5 from 10-4 and $10 after 4. Admission on Sunday is $5. Admittance to the gumbo championship is an additional $5.

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