Coastal communities enjoy Taste of Culture in the Quarter
Of course, good southern cooking brings crowds, but food wasn't the only thing to get a good taste of at Saturday's big event in the Quarters. (Photo source: WLOX)
Saturday was the first of a series of events full of history, culture and heritage in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Saturday was the first of a series of events full of history, culture and heritage in Gulfport. The series is called Taste of Culture in the Quarters. It’s put together by the Biloxi-Gulfport Black Chamber of Commerce, the Biloxi-Gulfport Cultural Heritage Tourism Society and Ms. Audrey's Southern Kitchen and Catering.
"Turkey necks and we have this Cajun, Louisiana style potatoes," one food vendor yelled out while fixing a plate for a guest.
Of course, good southern cooking brings crowds, but food wasn't the only thing to get a good taste of at Saturday's big event in the Quarters.
"We tried to bring in all of the different businesses here together under one roof to be able to do tasting of the stuff of what everybody's doing over in this area," Ms. Audrey said.
From food and clothes vendors to people just out having a good time, there was a taste of something from everywhere along the Coast for everyone. After all, that was the point of the event.
"We want to make sure that people know that there's something good happening in all of our communities. So, this is not just about the Quarters. This is about the whole Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Claudette Walker, with the Biloxi-Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Audrey and Walker believe love and history hold a community together. So, hosting events like this will allow people to remember, appreciate and embrace where they're from.
"It's so important because so many people are doing so many different things," Ms. Audrey said. "Sometimes, we have to take time and remember where we come from and come together and share the love for each other."
"A lot of times, our history gets lost inside the mainstream, so this is a way of focusing on some of the key issues about our communities and what we've given to not only the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but also to the nation," Walker said.