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Delta Marks National Rice Month with Annual Luncheon

Attendees of the 27th annual Rice Tasting Luncheon can sample more than 300 rice dishes during the event Sept. 15, 2017, at the Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland. The luncheon is held in conjunction with National Rice Month and highlights Mississippi’s 17 rice-producing counties. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/file photo)

CLEVELAND, Miss. – Delta area residents and chefs will show off the versatility of rice– one of Mississippi's four major row crops– during the 27th annual Rice Tasting Luncheon.

The event, which celebrates National Rice Month, draws more than 1,000 people from the state, the region, and other countries. As the top rice-producing county in Mississippi, Bolivar County has the honor of hosting the luncheon every year.

It begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland.

More than 300 different rice dishes will be available for tasting. Attendees also will receive goody bags, view various exhibits and enter for a chance to win door prizes.

The luncheon is hosted by Delta Rice Promotions Inc. and sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Farm Bureau and area businesses and organizations.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Farm Bureau offices or from MSU Extension offices in the Delta. For more information, call the Extension office in Bolivar County at 662-843-8371.

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