The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is celebrating a decade of delicious local food, local authors, local artists and local entertainment.
Kicking off this year’s events was the announcement of the 2021 hot tamale festival royalty Wednesday evening at Hotel 27.
Crowned as the 2021 Delta Hot Tamale King and Queen were Ward 1 Councilman Al Brock and Court Administrator for the Fourth Circuit District Netty Seard.
Boggs was happy to announce the 2021 honorees and said of their reaction to finding out they were selected, “Both were surprised and very tickled, but very humbled and honored.”
Keeping with the customary criteria of one who typically doesn’t receive much recognition for his or her volunteerism, community service and impact over a sustained period of time, the selection committee was able to narrow the list of candidates down and arrive at a unanimous decision of Brock and Seard as king and queen.
Boggs said there is a running list of candidates analyzed going into the year which is assessed by a completely anonymous, independent and diverse selection committee.
“We’re always thinking about who’s been involved with the school system and people who have stepped up and given their time selflessly and they (Brock and Seard) have just been very exemplary of that when you look back at the last nine years,” he added. “They’re very worthy of this honor.”
Delta Hot Tamale Festivities will commence with Thursday night’s Welcome Dinner at Hotel 27, 211 S. Walnut St., featuring Chef Dave Crews and friends.
A cocktail hour at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the hotel will precede the dinner, which will be served at 7:30 p.m., followed by a street band dance party at 9 p.m.
Tickets for the Welcome Dinner can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/166551364615.
Food Truck Friday will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for folks to enjoy lunch or dinner downtown as some of the most popular food vendors will be on site serving up delectable dishes.
Along with Food Truck Friday, live music will be played beginning at noon.
Artisan Expressions, previously called “Panel Discussions,” will consist of three individual sessions that explore the discoveries and works of some of the South’s most spectacular stories.
The first speaker slated for 2 p.m. will be Victor Pinion — Mississippi River Treasure Hunter — who has been recovering fossils from the last ice age on the banks of the Mississippi River for nearly 10 years.
Followed by Pinion at 3 p.m. will be bestselling, Christy Award-winning novelist, Valerie Fraser Luesse — author and Southern Living Magazine’s senior travel editor. Luesse is the author of Under the Bayou Moon, Almost Home, and the bestselling, Christy Award-winning Missing Isaac.
Speaking at 4 p.m. will be Jeri Carter, owner of Queen’s Reward — Mississippi’s first meadery. Carter’s session will entail an overview of the discovery and process of making wine from honey as well as a tasting.
Tickets for the Artisan Expressions event can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/178887656797.
Friday afternoon will conclude with a tamale cooking demonstration which is anticipated to be an entertaining and informative session featuring one of the best chefs in the South.
Tickets for the tamale cooking demo can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delta-hot-tamale-festival-cooking-demonstr….
The Free Friday Night Concert will get underway with a performance from Tate Moore at 6 p.m., followed by Rev. Rob Mortimer at 7 p.m. and closing with Big head Todd and the Monsters at 8:30 p.m. in Downtown Greenville.
Saturday is none other than Delta Hot Tamale Festival day which will open with the Chuck Jordan Delta Hot Tamale Festival parade at 9:15 a.m. followed by a welcome from Mayor Errick Simmons on the Main Stage and the presentation of the 2021 Hot Tamale King and Queen — Councilman Al Brock and Netty Seard.
The announcement of the Delta Hot Tamale pageant winners will be made at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. will mark the start of the Hot Tamale Eating Contest.
The Flavors of the Festival event — a dining experience to taste eight different tamales from its vendors expertly paired with four craft craft beers — will be hosted in front of Hotel 27 and is a “come-and-go event” this year, meaning, there will not be specified seating times and tickets will be honored for admittance any time between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will conclude at 2 p.m.
Tickets for Flavors of the Festival can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delta-hot-tamale-festival-flavors-of-the-f….
Performing on the Main Stage presented by Hotel 27 will be:
* Raymond Longoria 11:45 a.m.
* The Ballard Journeay Show at 1:05 p.m.
* Keith Johnson & Big Muddy Band 2:35 p.m.
*Mohead at 3:55 p.m.
Performing on the Cotton Stage presented by Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be:
* Chris Livingston at noon
* The Hypotheticals at 1:20 p.m.
* Aubrey Holman at 3:40 p.m.
* Michael Dennis & The Big Time Blues Band at 5 p.m.
Performing on the Hinds Street Stage presented by Rural LISC will be:
* Planters Bank Youth Artist at 10 a.m.
* William McGee at 10:30 a.m.
* John Davis Causey at 11 a.m.
* Sid Cobb at 12:30 p.m.
* Denise Owen at 1:50 p.m.
* Delta String Band at 3:10 p.m.
* Bubba Wingfield Duo at 4:30 p.m.
In addition, a Family Carnival by PBJ Happee Day Shows will run 4-10 p.m. Thursday, which is also Armband Day, noon to 11 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville.
Those who wish to support this year’s festival can do so by visiting the Main Street Greenville office located at 504 Central St. to purchase a yard sign for a $50 donation. All net proceeds go to the Delta Hot Tamale Festival which supports Main Street Greenville’s Downtown revitalization efforts.