I’m lucky to live in Tennessee – a state that hosts two annual events celebrating the South’s most beloved hot breads! As you probably know, The National Cornbread Festival® in South Pittsburg, Tenn., has just wrapped up the 18th annual event that pays homage to cornbread and cast iron. I’m happy to report that cornbread is alive and well!
May 15 – 18 in Knoxville, Tenn., we will celebrate another Southern favorite – the biscuit. The International Biscuit Festival pays homage to this icon of Southern baking with an amazing variety of events and lots of biscuits to eat.
Many of the activities will take place at the Historic Market Square District in downtown Knoxville. On Saturday, the main festival starts with Biscuit Boulevard, the tasting area with more than twenty restaurants and bakers sharing their signature biscuits. You will also want to visit The Biscuit Bazaar, see the Biscuit Art Exhibition and watch the Biscuit Baking Contest. You might even hear musical tributes to the biscuit at the Biscuit Songwriting Competition.
Prior to the International Biscuit Festival, The Southern Food Writing Conference will feature a panel of speakers who will focus on Southern Culture. Topics range from food’s role in southern life, soul food and the popularity of Southern food outside the South. Fellow blogger, Robyn Stone, who writes Add a Pinch and I will talk about Growing Up in the Southern Kitchen.
I hope to see you there.
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