Who has the best red beans and rice in Jackson, Mississippi?
You can find out on October 29, 2022, at the BankPlus Red Beans and Rice Festival!
Local congregations, businesses, restaurants, and individuals will compete to see who has the best red beans and rice in town, and all you have to do is show up and sample the beans and see who’s the best of the best.
Some of the participating teams include BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Bradley Arrant Boult Cummings LLP, Balch & Bingham, Brunini Law Firm, Bill’s Creole & Steak Depot, Cajun Cutie’s Southern Soul Food, Catering by Andrew, Chapel of the Cross, Georgia Blue, Hal & Mal’s, The Hoggy Bottom Boys, Jones Walker, Millsaps, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), The Ramey Agency, The Refill Jackson Initiative, Sal & Phil’s, Scrooge’s, Stewpot Community Services, and US Foods.
Can it get any better than that? There will be 21+ teams competing this year. That’s a lot of red beans to sample! And guess what?
It gets better!
FESTIVAL EVENTS THIS YEAR
This year’s festival will include a music lineup that includes Buffalo Nichols, Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers, and John Causey.
The Children’s Area will be from 12 pm to 3 pm and will include face painting, balloon art, gem mining, and a Halloween Contest Competition.
Local arts & crafts vendors will be set up at the event in addition to food trucks for those who would like other food options.
The Stewpot Art Auction will take place inside the Museum of Art. Bidding will begin at 11 AM and closes at 3 PM.
This year, they are adding a cornhole tournament to the mix: The Inaugural Bean Bag Toss Tournament!
WHEN IS THE BANKPLUS RED BEANS AND RICE FESTIVAL?
The BankPlus Red Beans and Rice Festival will be on Saturday, October 29th from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Tickets are $10 online at RedBeansAndRice.org and $15 at the door. Children 10 and under get in free.
The Mississippi Museum of Art is located at 380 S Lamar Street in Jackson, MS 39201.
Please visit www.RedBeansAndRice.org for the complete event schedule and other tips to plan your visit.
You can also follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/redbeansandricefestival for the most up-to-date information, bios of those competing in the red beans and rice cookoff, and more!
All proceeds from this event go to support the ministries of Stewpot – a favorite Mississippi Homegrown Charity – to help keep the doors open, and the lights on, and to continue to provide for the basic needs of men, women, and children in the area.
WHAT IS STEWPOT?
The Stewpot Community Services provides compassionate assistance, at no charge, to people in need of physical and spiritual nourishment. Through their ministries, they help people that are hungry, poor, and homeless by offering food, shelter, clothing, mentoring, and more. They began as a simple soup kitchen but now serve a great part of the community by assisting children and adults with different programs.
To learn more about their ministry, please visit www.stewpot.org.
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Eric Olsson is the food blogger of RedBeansAndEric.com. He publishes new recipes and interviews weekly. He has developed recipes and written articles for the famous Camellia brand in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been mentioned in Louisiana Cookin‘ magazine and has had recipes featured in Taste of Home magazine – with his Creole Turkey recipe being runner up in their annual Thanksgiving recipe contest. He lives outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife and four children.