Forks and Corks returns Saturday

Staff Writer

The annual Forks and Corks culinary and wine event is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Mill.

Starkville Area Arts Council Executive Director John Bateman said Forks and Corks highlights culinary arts in the Golden Triangle, and this year’s event is funded in part by a grant from Visit Mississippi.

During Forks and Corks, local chefs will engage in a friendly competition for prizes and bragging rights while attendees get to sample the best of the culinary arts that north Mississippi has to offer, Bateman said.

Forks and Corks will support several arts education programs held year round, including Art in the Park, summers scholarships to students ages 11 to 18, microgrants to teachers in Oktibbeha County and expansion to the after school art education program, Art Partners.

“We give away about $5,000 to $6,000 in microgrants to teachers each year, and I want to grow that number,” Bateman said.

This year’s Forks and Corks will put more emphasis on the “corks” aspect of the meal with more local wines and beers and several sommeliers in attendance this year.

Entertainment will be provided by 2018 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter Competition winners as a selection of local ceramic artists are highlighted by a curated display of fantastic work.

“The culinary arts aren’t often highlighted as an art form, and SAAC is excited to return with an expanded version of this fundraising event,” Bateman said. “Great food, fun entertainment, and a social, informal atmosphere makes this one of our most popular events. Patty Roper will return in this year’s cast of culinary judges, and we’re looking forward to sharing our local cuisine with the rest of the region.”

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