It is time to get a taste of Mississippi.
And four favorite local food places have been placed on the “Culinary Trail” in celebration of the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division’s Culinary Month.
MDA’s Tourism Division kicks off 2011 with a month-long celebration of food, restaurants, chefs, recipes, specialty items and plenty of flavor along a newly-designed Culinary Trail.
The four local favorites span a wide range of culinary experiences, including the Mississippi State University Cardwell Cheese Shop, The Little Dooey, Restaurant Tyler and Oby’s.
“Mississippi is known for great down-home cooking as well as distinctive upscale cuisine,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of MDA’s Tourism Division. “By designating January as Culinary Month, the entire state is joining efforts to highlight the state’s unique eateries, specialty foods and dining experiences.”
According to MDA, the Mississippi Culinary Trail in March 2010. It features an online, interactive map with background information, stories and details about eateries, restaurants and other food-related sites in every region of the state. MDA officials said the Culinary Trail highlights those singular local attractions travelers want to find, but often don’t know where to search for them.
For more information about things to do and see in Mississippi, go to http://www.VisitMississippi.org  or dial 1-866.-SEE -MISS. To view the details of the Culinary Trail and its interactive map, go to http://www.VisitMississippi.org/shopping_dining/culinary_trail.asp .