SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN – April 8, 2019 – Over 25,000 festival-goers from throughout the Southeast will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 23rd annual National Cornbread Festival April 27-28 in downtown South Pittsburg.
One of the highlights of the festival is the National Cornbread Cook-off sponsored by Lodge Cast Iron, Dollywood, Cracker Barrel, Bush’s Beans, Springer Mountain Farms and Martha White. The main dish or entrée contest features 10 finalists from throughout the United States. Each contestant must use a packet of Martha White Cornmeal and Lodge seasoned cast iron cookware. The finalists’ recipes are selected by the Cornbread Cook-off committee before the event.
Fans of cornbread can enjoy a wide range of delicious cornmeal creations in Cornbread Alley for $5. From traditional cornbread recipes to Old English Hushpuppies, French War Eagle and Latin American Hominy featuring Bush’s Beans Cornbread, the recipes are lip-smacking good. Next to Cornbread Alley is a food court with vendors selling southern favorites like cotton candy, hotdogs, fried turkey legs, water/soft drinks and more.
From Cedar Avenue’s 1st Street to 4th Street, five stages, including the historic Princess Theatre, feature over 50 musical acts on Saturday and Sunday. This year, see five-time No.1 hit artist Billy Dean on Saturday and Grammy Award and 21-time Dove Award-winning artist Jason Crabb on Sunday. Additionally, the streets of the festival are filled with the sounds of country, bluegrass, blues, old-time fiddlers, southern gospel, jazz and rock.
Other activities at the festival include over 70 arts and crafts vendors and a themed children’s corner with games and inflatables.
Antique tractors, blacksmith and glass blowing demonstrations, a carnival, classic car cruise-in, an Elvis-themed quilt exhibition, tours of historic South Pittsburg, a 5K road race and “spin the giveaway wheel” sponsored by Martha White are also featured. Attendees can also compete in cornbread eating contests, buttermilk chugging races or a frozen t-shirt contest.
Tours of the Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Foundry, the oldest family-owned cookware company in the U.S., are available.
Admission to the festival is $7. Preschool-aged children & under are admitted free.
For more information, visit www.nationalcornbread.com.
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