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Eat Local in Tupelo, Mississippi

By: The Local Palate

Summer means locally sourced in Tupelo, Mississippi. The city’s chefs serve up creative dishes from the best produce around, adding another dimension to the unique culinary landscape. With more than 160 restaurants, your next great meal is waiting in Tupelo.

A perfect weekend getaway featuring all things fresh and local starts with a toast at Queen’s Reward Meadery. The first meadery in Mississippi, Queen’s Reward uses local honey as the primary ingredient for its award-winning mead, all available to sample at their west Tupelo tasting room.

Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen sources from local farmers—it doesn’t get fresher than the restaurant’s “vegetable art project” platter. The meats served as this downtown locale come from sister restaurant, Neon Pig Café, an old-school butcher shop. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Neon Pig with homemade desserts from Memory Orchard Farm, made with peaches, plums, pears, and apples straight off the trees.

Brunch at Forklift.

Park Heights Restaurant offers panoramic views of downtown from its rooftop, along with fare by chef Dan Schroder, who uses locally sourced produce, grains, and more.

Brunch at Forklift is a must on a weekend trip to Tupelo—the restaurant boasts fresh spins on Southern classics. Forklift offers live music Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, plus handcrafted cocktails with Mississippi-made spirits and fresh, local ingredients.

Farmers from across the region sell fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and honey at the Tupelo Farmers’ Depot, open Tuesday afternoons and Thursday and Saturday mornings, May through October. Cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and concerts make the Farmers’ Depot a lively experience.

A weekend of food adventures is waiting for you in Tupelo. Create your custom culinary itinerary at tupelo.net and follow #tupelofoodie on Instagram and Twitter for inspiration from its myriad restaurants on what to eat while you’re there.

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