BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After a decade the Biloxi Seafood Festival is moving back to it's traditional location at Point Cadet. Workers are busy finishing up landscaping in preparation for Point Cadet Plaza's first major event since being completed in July, nine years after Hurricane Katrina demolished the popular venue.
"We hoped we would get to where the amenities and facilities were going to be able to," Emily Burke Co-chair of the Biloxi Seafood Festival said. "It's a mass production the seafood festival. It takes a lot of planning and logistics and that, so when we came down here to look at the site it was a no brainier. We had to come back."
Burke co-chaired the event at Point Cadet in 2003 and now she's a part of bringing the festival back home.
"We are glad to be back here where our roots are, " Burke said. "It's a phenomenal view. The breeze is great."
Besides being a beautiful view, the water is one of the reasons Biloxi is known for its seafood.
"People in Biloxi and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have a strong connection to the seafood industry here," Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Director Rachael Seymour said, "everyone is tied to either the shrimping or manufacturing industry here and I think we all just love it, it's part of who we are."
"If we lose sight of who we are then we are doing something wrong," Burke said. "So each year we come back and represent what people did in the past to get us to where we are today."
Festival goers can expect all the seafood you can eat, live entertainment, arts and crafts and fun for all ages.
"We have great kids activities with different rope climbing and gyroscopes. The splash pad is supposed to be open, so that's great. We have the gumbo championship, so that's always a big draw," Burke said. "This is an opportunity to stop life for a minute and make some memories."