Foodies converge on William Faulkner’s hometown each fall to go over-and taste-regional faves for example country pork and Dr. Pepper in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s celebrated symposium. The gastronomic party, scheduled for October 22 to 24, is ideal for an urban area where food and culture rule in the manicured Ole Miss campus towards the historic downtown square.
Book ahead of time to attain an excellent room inside a cozy residential neighborhood close to the square. Front-porch rocking chairs and modern amenities tempt at 5Twelve Bed and Breakfast, ideally situated between your square and campus. Music performer-owner George McConnell performed guitar for Prevalent Panic before turning his attentions to running the 105-year-old property. An alternative choice may be the full-service Downtown Inn, steps from boutiques and restaurants. Tip: 1000’s of Rebels football fans descend on Oxford for home games, including righteous tailgate parties around the central campus Grove. Make bookings well ahead of time to participate the festivities, or plan round the football agenda for a quieter trip.
The town includes a seriously sophisticated dining scene. Follow lawyers and professors upstairs for late-mid-day cocktails at City Grocery bar. Patrons might glimpse owner John Currence, the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef South of 2009, going for a break before heading lower to organize marvels for example red-curry-braised pork belly with sweet all kinds of peppers, fresh tulsi, sea food dirty grain, and sesame-grilled asparagus. Don’t miss his latest venture, Snackbar, a bistro-affected place hiding just north from the square. Try the wonderful, duck-confit-based croque monsieur. The Yocona River Inn, is know for Oxford’s best steak, burned this past year, but owner Paige Osborn has elevated its spirit with Yocona in Exile. Or try Taylor Grocery & Restaurant, an informal place renowned for one factor: perfectly fried catfish.
The theme of the year’s SFA symposium may be the Global South, that will explore the current influence of worldwide cultures on regional cuisine. Arrive on Thursday to trap an active broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio. This program showcases this faculty town’s affection for those things literary and musical, with live bands and blood pressure measurements from luminaries for example former Atlanta contributor Roy Blount Junior. 1 of 3 in your area possessed Square Books stores offers the show’s cozy venue. Another must is William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, with oak-shaded grounds that convey an appropriate Southern Medieval mood. Faulkner bought the antebellum mansion and resided there in excess of 3 decades. Rapid drive over along South eleventh Street passes a number of Oxford’s earliest and many gracious homes.
Photograph by Brandall Atkinson