The Hub City is known for its many culinary offerings and VisitHattiesburg is putting them front and center during the city’s inaugural Restaurant Week.
By partnering with local restaurants and hotels to highlight culinary delights to visitors, VisitHattiesburg expects this event to attract foodies from across the southeastern United States.
OctoberFEAST is the overall theme for the week-long events with individual focuses each day.
Starting Oct. 7 and continuing through Oct. 14, local partners and visitors are encouraged to share their culinary delights through specific hashtags. They are:
“Culinary tourism is a growing market, and Hattiesburg’s food scene continues to gain momentum and popularity,” said Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG. “We have a great relationship with our local restaurants, and this new promotional week gives us one more opportunity to showcase their talents. Foodies are always welcome in HBURG.”
Participating restaurants will feature themed menu offerings that will either emphasize the overall theme for the week or an individual day. Many restaurants will also offer specials for the week.
"Taking a week to highlight our restaurants here in Hattiesburg is huge,” said Roy Windham, owner of The Porter House Pub. “It is a great way to show appreciation for all the hard work and talent that goes into providing spaces for our city to dine and enjoy life. “From West Hattiesburg to Downtown, whether you are craving something on the go or a relaxed night out, you can find some of the greatest places in the state to eat. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to stand alongside some huge players."
VisitHattiesburg will promote OctoberFEAST in several key markets to attract visitors to Hattiesburg both through digital and traditional advertising.
“I’ve loved the local support I’ve received since The Birdhouse opened,” Katie Dixon, chef and owner of Birdhouse Café, said. “I think Restaurant Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Hattiesburg’s restaurants to people in search of new food experiences, including those who live outside of the Pine Belt.”
More information about Hattiesburg Restaurant Week can be found online at VisitHburg.org.