Regions Bank Secures Title Sponsorship for 2022 Delta Hot Tamale Festival October 13-15, 2022 in Historic Downtown Greenville
Main Street Greenville, a division of the Greater Greenville Development Foundation (hereinafter referred to as “Greater Greenville”), is pleased to announce that Regions Bank will serve as the title sponsor for the 2022 Delta Hot Tamale Festival. This year’s festival will be a multi-day event which will highlight, promote and celebrate regional artists, musicians, authors, and Southern food vendors. Activities will commence on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, with the Welcome Dinner at historic Hotel 27 in downtown Greenville; events will continue through Saturday night with various family-fun activities, including a carnival, live music, panel discussions, arts and crafts, and a tamale tasting event. Last year’s festival was host to more than 32,000 visitors from over 16 states, and it had a direct economic impact of over $7.2 million to the local and regional economy.
“The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail,” a 2005 documentary project of the Southern Food Ways Alliance and Viking Corporation, declared that Greenville, Mississippi, maintains more hot tamale restaurants/food stations than any other city in Mississippi. As a result, On July 18, 2012, Greenville, Mississippi, was proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World,” and plans for the inaugural Delta Hot Tamale Festival were put in motion. Over a decade later, this can’t-miss cultural event has received numerous accolades including “Best Festival in the State” by Readers of Mississippi Magazine. The festival has also been featured in The New Yorker Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Garden and Gun Magazine, Fox News and The Commercial Appeal. In 2019. The Mantry Company listed the Delta Hot Tamale Festival as “3 Food Festivals Around the U.S. Worth Traveling To.”
The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is Greater Greenville’s largest fundraiser, and net proceeds from the event help support the projects and programs of the organization, which include grants and technical assistance to local businesses, scholarships for area students, and the redevelopment efforts of the Central Business District.
Daniel Boggs, CEO of Greater Greenville, said, “The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a celebration of the rich culture, stories, and heritage of the Mississippi Delta. This region is widely known for its music, writers, artists, culinary history, and ‘Delta-style’ tamales. We are excited that Regions has expanded their relationship with us by becoming the title sponsor of this year’s event.”
“Our mission at Regions Bank is to make life better for the people and communities we serve, and supporting the area’s most anticipated – and successful – fundraising event is just one way we’re putting that mission into action,” said Walt Stephens, Mississippi Delta market executive for Regions Bank. “Our focus on inclusive growth guides our community outreach priorities and allows us to focus on creating measurable change for the Delta. Through a community partnership with Greater Greenville that spans 24 years, we have been able to positively impact people and businesses. Regions Bank is proud to serve the Delta, and we are honored to work with Greater Greenville as the title sponsor of the 2022 Delta Hot Tamale Festival celebrating the culture and heritage of our community.”
Other examples of Regions’ commitment to Mississippi include highlighting the broader Delta area through the bank’s popular “Good Towns” story series. The Delta article, available at this link, is part of a multi-year celebration of communities from the Delta to Oxford to Vicksburg and beyond.
The relationship between Greater Greenville and Regions began over 24 years ago when the two organizations teamed up to develop Greater Greenville’s first affordable housing complex, Broadway Villas. Since then, the two companies have united on various other projects which have positively impacted the standard of living for many residents of the Delta, including the nationally recognized and award-winning affordable housing complex, The Reserves at Ed Gray Park, which is illustrated in this powerful story and video from Regions, linked here.
Boggs added, “Relationships like this are vital to help a community development corporation to maximize the impacts we have within the community we serve. There is no doubt that this year’s festival will be the best one yet!”
For more information regarding the 2022 Delta Hot Tamale Festival, including ticketed events, music line-ups, contests, schedules, and parking areas, please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.com.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $161 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,300 banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.