Inaugural Taste of Hancock County event in Bay St. Louis

Hancock County hosted a tasty event earlier today.

Bay St. Louis was the place to be tonight if you’re a big foodie for the inaugural Taste of Hancock County.

Over ten restaurants and vendors shared their food dishes to those that showed up to the Taste of Hancock County event. Not only were attendees able to sample a variety of food, but also participate in a silent auction and drink alcohol while socializing.

Though many showed how much they loved the food through facial expressions, Rachel Knight, the president of Hancock County Tourism, could not stop smiling as more and more people entered the room. Not only was Knight able to help businesses and host a good time for attendees, but she felt as if she had the community’s support. “Hancock Tourism promotes events for the community. We, in the past, operated off of grants and government entities that donate money to us. However, the grants have all gone away. So, now we have to raise money annually to kind of fill the need.”

Diamondhead resident Mike Hanson said, “I loved the turtle soup. It’s not something I would normally ever have and I thought it was the best thing here to be honest with you. Everything I tried so far.”

From entrees, appetizers, and desserts, there was something for everyone. This event not only benefited Hancock Tourism, but helped introduce attendees to restaurants they never knew existed. “This is what it’s all about. When we were here setting up last night, I had a vision that we would have a bunch of people here able to just smile and laugh and have a good time.”

Knight tells News 25 she and her team plan to do the same event next year, but with more food vendors.

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