I know the National Cornbread Festival® is still three months away, but now that we’re collecting entries for the National Cornbread Cook-Off, I’ve got cornbread on my mind. It may be frosty outside with no hint of spring on the way, but thinking about warm weather and celebrating one of my favorite foods gets me excited for what’s to come.
Have you ever been to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee? It is such a fun weekend; thousands converge upon this quaint town every April to see the sights, feel the history and taste the cornbread that is cooking downtown. One of my favorite areas to stop by is Cornbread Alley, where you can taste up to nine different delicious cornbread recipes. There’s always a competition for the most popular booth, and I love to see who the crowd picks as the best.
The festival doesn’t just focus on cornbread, though. I love stopping by the Jam Tent when I have a minute. Anyone who wants to play is welcome to bring their fiddle, guitar, banjo or harmonica for a little friendly competition.
Of course, you’re most likely to track me down under the Cook-Off tent. Our 10 finalists travel from all over the country to compete for the coveted cast iron skillet crown, along with a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range from FiveStar® Professional Cooking Equipment. Second place receives $1,500 and third wins $1,000.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for a road trip to South Pittsburg, Tenn. You’re sure to leave full of cornbread and a smile on your face.
For complete details, Official Rules and to complete the entry form for the contest, visit MarthaWhite.com. The National Cornbread Cook-Off is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 years or older. Void where prohibited.
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