Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cut Out Some Time for International Biscuit Festival

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 5:54 AM

I let the entry deadline slip by without telling you all about the Biscuit Bakeoff of the International Biscuit Festival, and for that, I hang my head with shame and offer apologies to all and sundry. Nashville has some exceptionally gifted biscuit makers, who could definitely take the prize. I truly hope someone from Nashville is entered to represent Middle Tennessee at the Knoxville festival May 27 and 28.

For the rest of us, the event is a fantastic opportunity for a road trip to gorgeous East Tennessee and a good way to connect to the staple food of seven generations of Tennesseans. And also eat some biscuits and buy stuff.

From the Biscuit Art Competition
  • From the Biscuit Art Competion
The weekend kicks off Friday May 27 with a Biscuit Benefit dinner featuring chef Michelle Bernstein of Miami, the Latina-Jewish James Beard Award winner. (Read a story about Bernstein's visit here.) Proceeds go to Share Our Strength and Second Harvest.

Saturday opens with—what else?— a biscuit breakfast from Hardee's and Knoxville-area restaurants and caterers.

Foodies may wish to save their calories for the Blackberry Farm Biscuit Brunch. If a stay at the much-praised Walland, Tennessee, Relais & Chateuax property is not on your calendar or in the budget, this $125 brunch could be your best chance to sample to award-winning Foothills Cuisine.

Or get your fill on Biscuit Boulevard, where visitors sample food from participating restaurants and biscuit bakers. Biscuit Bazaar assembles biscuit-friendly wares such as bakeware, jams and artwork into one marketplace.

Dependably civic-minded and legendary Tennessee skillet maker Lodge Cast Iron is sponsoring that day's premiere event: The Biscuit Bake-off.

There are four categories: Traditional Biscuits, Dessert Biscuits, Most Creative Biscuit, and Kids’ Biscuits (the new category this year).

I say it's the "premiere event," but that could also describe thebiscuit songwriting competition, or the Miss and Mr. Biscuit pageant.

Good times, good times. Get more information at, buy tickets here, and see a schedule here.

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