GSDP announces savory spring events for new year

Local restaurants presented their best soups at Souper Bowl 2018. Souper Bowl 2019 will be Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for children under 12 are $5. (Submitted photo)

Staff Writer

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership announced the spring events for the new year, geared toward bringing flavor to Starkville.

The Partnership plans their events around its themes throughout the year.

The theme centered around the fall was “New South Weekend,” which featured retail and family events around football season.

“We prepare the schedule months in advance and the Partnership team works cohesively on many aspects of each event we do,” GSDP Special Events and Project Coordinator Paige Watson said.

The theme for the spring is “Savor Our South,” and it will begin Feb. 2 with Souper Bowl on Main Street from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online at for $15 and $20 at the gate.

Tickets are $5 for children.

“With us being one of the best culinary destinations in the state, you know we felt that we have a lot of talent here so the spring was really our opportunity to showcase that,” she said.

Throughout the spring, each event will highlight foods, drinks and culinary offerings in the community.

On Feb. 28, Unwine Downtown will take place for an evening of wine tasting and shopping with local retailers.

“Those are always really popular,” Watson said.

Unwine Downtown is a familiar event to Starkville but the Partnership is introducing a brand new event to locals called the “Taco Hop.”

The Taco Hop will take place April 6 on Main Street where restaurants will serve tacos for competition.

The festival is set to feature live music, bold lights and craft beer.

“Our King Cotton Crawfish Boil is always the favorite so we typically conclude with that one, that’s the most well attended I feel like,” Watson said. “It’s huge. Everybody loves a good crawfish boil.”

The King Cotton Crawfish Boil is May 10 in Starkville’s Cotton District.

The Partnership aims to create fun and unique experiences in Starkville to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

“Our spring events especially wouldn’t be possible without the support of our restaurant community and all the chefs and retailers who are involved with the Partnership and Starkville Main Street Association,” Watson said.

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