Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the region took a ride along the Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail recently to get a taste of the best seafood around – wild-caught, Mississippi Gulf seafood. Baldwin County, Ala., resident Joe Nelson rallied family and friends for a motorcycle ride to the Mississippi Coast after noticing the Seafood Trail’s Facebook posts about participating restaurants and their delicious Gulf seafood dishes.
Nelson, a retiree and native of Pascagoula, attended Long Beach High School and worked on the Coast for several years at Ingalls Shipbuilding, so he was familiar with the great seafood the Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants had to offer. He fought rain delays to gather a group of family and old friends to check off a Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail eatery during their cruise along the Mississippi Coast.
Nelson’s crew rode from Baldwin County to Grand Bay, Ala., through the Pascagoula river swamp to Vancleave, and finally through Biloxi, picking up friends along the way to eventually eat dinner at Seafood Trail restaurant the Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport.
After a great ride over and even better food and service, the group of 10 motorcyclists expressed their excitement to get back on the Seafood Trail and visit more participating restaurants. Their next stop is Scranton’s in Pascagoula scheduled for Tuesday, July 14th at 5:30.
Nelson’s Seafood Trail journey is a testament to the cultural experience that is Mississippi Gulf seafood. The Seafood Trail gives family and friends the perfect opportunity to enjoy food and fun at some of the Coast’s best seafood establishments.
The Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail is being established as a permanent culinary trail by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. It is making its debut during the Summer of Seafood celebration now running through Aug. 15, 2014. With fun interactions such as “Table Crashing” – handing out t-shirts for first-time seafood eaters and providing opportunities for free meals – at participating restaurants, locals and visitors get the full Mississippi Gulf Seafood experience.
Restaurant patrons like Nelson also participate in the Summer of Seafood by snapping “Seafood Selfies” (#seafoodselfie) when they visit Seafood Trail restaurants, allowing them the chance to be featured on Facebook, Twitter or even a Highway 49, Washington Ave. or Beach Boulevard digital billboard. Individual seafood dishes and restaurants are also featured on the social media pages and billboards.
This culinary and cultural event has gained momentum since the day it began, with restaurants across all three of the Coastal counties from Waveland to Pascagoula participating and area chambers of commerce promoting the celebration, which provides an economic boost to the Gulf Coast. Several local city governments have also issued proclamations recognizing the Summer of Seafood celebration and the Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail.
For more information on the Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail and the Summer of Seafood celebration, please visit our website at www.mississippiseafoodtrail.com or the Facebook page at “Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail.”