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The first annual Southern Crossroads Music & Tamale Festival is scheduled for August 10-12 in Jackson, Miss. Pat LeBlanc, host of the syndicated radio show "Southern Crossroads", hopes to establish an event that features various forms of music, as well as Mississippi's unique tamale culture.
From The Clarion-Ledger:
"It's always been a goal of mine, doing the show, to do an outdoor festival," said LeBlanc. He has mined the South for years on his radio show, which fuses select cuts of blues, classic R&B and some country with the culture, history and food of the Deep South."The show's home is here in Jackson, so we came up with the tamale concept," he said…Food has always been an inspiration, LeBlanc said, noting his radio show's "Cast Iron Skillet" segment, with a guest chef making a Southern dish.
The festival will celebrate the tamale and Southern cuisine in general. Several vendors and restaurants want to get involved and do something different, he said, so "We can definitely say the food at the event will be extremely unique." Live cooking demonstrations are planned.
Visit the Southern Crossroads Music & Tamale Festival website for more information.