Smaller crowd at second annual Taste of the Bay

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The second annual Taste of the Bay, sponsored by D'iberville Chamber of Commerce, gave folks a taste of some of the delicious cuisine coast restaurants have to offer. Business owners who attended last year say they have been looking forward to coming back again this year.

"It helps out tremendously," said Gary Michael Tolliver. "Every time we do an event like this, we really see a noticeable surge in our business."

Tolliver is head chef and co-owner of Carmelita's Donuts. They brought an array of sweet treats, and even showcased some brand new recipes.

For those who weren't interested in the sugary stuff, Roots to Home had plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy.

"We educate ourselves and try to educate our customers in regard to what benefits they may gain from trying to have more healthy food on their table," said Lilah Brown.

This year's event featured about nine vendors. Chairman Jerry Dodge said several vendors had to drop out at the last minute.

"It's a little light this year, but we're hoping to build each year. Just build one on the other and our third annual, we're looking for big things," said Dodge.

Dodge said the chamber is already looking ahead, and coming up with ideas to make next year's Taste of the Bay even better.

"I think we'll branch out and cast a wider net, maybe get over on the other side of the bridge, because they have some great restaurants over there and get some of our restaurants to have a little competition," said Dodge.

Despite having a smaller turnout, Tanner Cook said he was happy with the event, and looks forward to coming back again next year.

"The atmosphere is still great. The food is still good, and so I'm hoping next year everyone will come back and make it like it was the first year," said Cook.

Tickets this year were $25. That's $5 less than they were last year.

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