INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL 2014 SERVES UP HOT, FRESH SCHEDULE
MARCH 3, 2014
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CONTACT: John Craig, Biscuit Boss – International Biscuit Festival
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KNOXVILLE, TENN. – An expanded schedule brings Biscuit Art and Food Network talent into the mix at the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, TN on May 15th- 18th, 2014. The International Biscuit Festival is a celebration of that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit. The Festival combines food, fun and entertainment to create a unique destination event.
Adding an extra day to the festivities, the International Biscuit Festival and Food Network present “An Evening with Tyler Florence” at the Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, May 18th at 8 pm. Florence is the star of the Food Network’s top rated show The Great Food Truck Race. Florence will take the stage at the Tennessee Theatre with a lively show that shares behind the scenes stories from his career in television. Tickets prices range from $34.00 for general admission, up to $122.00 for VIP access. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3rd at 10 am at all Tickets Unlimited outlets and the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200 or tennesseetheatre.com.
“We are thrilled to have Tyler and the Food Network as a part of the Biscuit Festival,” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss. “Tyler is one of the most popular personalities on Food Network, and he brings an added level of excitement to the Festival. This is a show you do not want to miss!”
Adding to the fun will be The Great Food Truck Extravaganza, a street party outside the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm, immediately before the show. Favorite food trucks from across the state will gather for a street party celebration with great food and music.
Also new for 2014 is a greatly expanded Biscuit Art Exhibition. A call to artists has gone out across the country and overseas for submissions of artistic creativity that celebrate the Biscuit. The juried Exhibition will feature the best works in downtown venues including Bliss Home and RALA on Market Square, beginning with an opening reception on First Friday, May 2, 2014. The exhibition will be juried by David Butler, the executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, and Cindy Spangler, the former Collections Manager for the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For more information on the competition’s entry process, visit Biscuitfest.com/biscuit-art.
The Southern Food Writing Conference kicks off this year’s event with focus on Southern culture. The Conference will run Thursday and Friday and feature a panel of speakers that include some of the most noted Southern food writers in the nation. Topics range from food’s role in Southern life to histories, as well as sessions on soul food and the popularity of southern food in cities like New York and San Francisco.
The Conference, sponsored by White Lily, features authors, chefs, publishers, food enthusiasts, and lovers of all things Southern. The schedule includes a special dinner at Blackberry Farm on Thursday evening. Registrations are on sale now at Biscuitfest.com.
The Conference wraps up Friday evening with the Biscuit Bash party and concert at The Standard on Jackson Avenue. A VIP reception will feature favorite food writers signing their books and meeting their fans. A menu of recipes provided by the authors will keep the guests well fed. The evening continues with the Biscuit Songwriting finals and more entertainment in the adjacent venue space. Tickets for the event are available at Biscuitfest.com now for only $75 and include a full evening of food, music and fun!
On Saturday, the main Festival starts with a stroll down Biscuit Boulevard, the tasting area with more than twenty different restaurants and Biscuit bakers sharing their Signature Biscuits. The Boulevard, sponsored for the fifth year by Clayton Bank, opens at 9:00 am. Guests can purchase $10.00 tickets that allow them to sample up to five different Biscuit creations.
The Biscuit Bazaar vendor area also opens at 9:00 am to showcase Biscuit-friendly wares, including jams, jellies, honey, sorghum, aprons, kitchenware, artwork and cookbooks.
One of the highlights of the Festival each year is the Blackberry Farm Biscuit Brunch. The chefs of Blackberry Farm will create a unique “Foothills Cuisine” dining experience in Krutch Park. A limited number of tickets are available for $85 at Biscuitfest.com.
The main event in the afternoon is the Biscuit Baking Contest. Contestants selected from a nationwide application process will compete in four categories: Savory Biscuits, Sweet Biscuits, Special Biscuits, and Student Biscuits. The Special Biscuit category seeks the most creative Biscuit creations, while the Student category is for Biscuit bakers who are 18 and under.
Baking Contest applications are available online at BiscuitFest.com. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on April 21st, 2014. Finalists will bake live at the Festival.
Applications are also available for the Festival’s Biscuit Songwriting competition which is sponsored for a second year by Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, and the ever popular Miss and Mr. Biscuit Pageant, sponsored by Mast General Store.
For information about the International Biscuit Festival, go to Biscuitfest.com or contact:
John Craig – Biscuit Boss
International Biscuit Festival
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL
The International Biscuit Festival has joined with a select group of partners committed to growing the Festival into one of the premier food events in the nation. We are inviting you to join this partnership with a sponsorship that provides unique exposure in association with some of the most respected names in the food and Southern culture community.
Be a part of a fun event that takes food seriously. After all, who doesn’t love a biscuit?!
Visit our Partner page for more information!
INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL SETS NEW RECORDS
KNOXVILLE, TN – The International Biscuit Festival celebrated the fourth year of the event with record numbers of guests and the biggest offering of Biscuits in it’s history. Over 20,000 Biscuit lovers flocked to downtown Knoxville to enjoy great food, music and fun. Guests were able to choose from over 20 Signature Biscuit samples prepared by Biscuit makers from across the region.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant received the most guest votes and was named the People’s Choice Award winner, earning them the coveted Biscuit Sunsphere trophy. Applewood created the delicious Andouille Shrimp and Grits Biscuit.
The Runners Up for the award were Flourhead/ Tomato Head for their Sweetwater Valley Smoked Cheddar and Onion Biscuit, and Tupelo Honey Cafe for the Green-Eyed Monster Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit. That Biscuit won the award for Best Biscuit Name.
The Critic’s Choice Award went to RT Lodge for their Deep Fried Biscuit with Braised Short Rib and Pickled Onion.
The Best Biscuit Booth Award was given to the Rel Maples Institute of Culinary Arts, who had the Bananas Foster Biscuit.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant Biscuit is People’s Choice Award Winner!
KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The International Biscuit Festival announced today that Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant won the People’s Choice Award for their Andouille Shrimp and Grits Biscuit at the Biscuit Boulevard tasting area during the 2013 International Biscuit Festival, held Saturday, May 18, 2013 in downtown Knoxville.
The winning Biscuit came out ahead of 20 other Signature Biscuit creations available for sampling by the over 20,000 guests who attended this year’s Festival. The Runners Up in the guest voting were Flourhead/ Tomato Head, for their Sweetwater Valley Smoked Cheddar and Onion Biscuit, and Tupelo Honey Café, who created the Green-Eyed Monster Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit.
The Critic’s Choice Award went to RT Lodge, for their Deep Fried Biscuit with Braised Short Rib and Pickled Onion.
The Best Biscuit Booth was awarded to the Rel Maples Institute of Culinary Arts at Walters State Community College. They created a Bananas Foster Biscuit.
The International Biscuit Festival celebrates that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit. The International Biscuit Festival was selected the #1 Food Festival in the U.S. by Livability.com. The Festival draws more than 20,000 guests to Knoxville each year for food, music and fun. The Biscuit Boulevard is sponsored by Clayton Bank and Trust.
“We had an amazing selection of Biscuits for our Festival guests to sample.” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss of the International Biscuit Festival. “The voting results were very close among the top choices!” added Craig.
Participants came from across the nation, including the popular Biscuit Love food truck from Nashville, TN, Pillsbury in Minneapolis, MN, and the staff of the Southern Living Test Kitchen in Birmingham, AL. “The growth in the popularity of the Biscuit Festival has attracted new partners,” said Craig. “We are thrilled to have some of the best Biscuit bakers in the nation sharing their craft.”
Participants in the 2013 Biscuit Boulevard included:
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Benefit Your Life
Biscuit Love Truck
Chick Fil A
Flour Head Bakery
The Plaid Apron
Southern Living Test Kitchen
Tea at the Gallery
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Walters State Community College – Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts
International Biscuit Festival Biscuit Baking Contest Winners Announced
The International Biscuit Festival has announced the winners of the 2013 Biscuit Baking Contest, held May 18, 2013 in downtown Knoxville. Christopher Lowe of Johnson City, TN was named Grand Champion for his “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit.”
“Christopher’s Biscuit was outstanding! He beat out some of the toughest competition we have ever had,” said Chris Kahn, chair of the 2013 Biscuit Baking Contest.
Beginning in February of this year, Biscuit bakers from across the country submitted recipes in four contest categories: Sweet Biscuits, Savory Biscuits, Special Biscuits and Student Biscuits. The top three finalists in each category were chosen to bake live in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of Biscuit lovers. The Grand Prize Winner was chosen from the winners of the four Biscuit categories.
Pillsbury® is a sponsor of the International Biscuit Festival and participated in the judging of the Biscuit Baking Contest.
The complete results are:
Grand Prize Winner – Christopher Lowe – “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit”
First Place – Special Category Christopher Lowe – “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit”
Second Place – Special Category Erin Carlini – “Kimchi Bulgolgi Biscuit”
Third Place – Special Category Kim Stapleton – “Blueberry Peach French Toast Biscuit”
First Place – Student Category Megan Fleming – “’Big Orange’ Biscuit”
Second Place – Student Category Auden Cole – “Auden’s Buttermilk Blaster”
Third Place – Student Category Ava Schott – “The Best Biscuits in the Whole Entire World”
First Place – Savory Category Matt Sandbank – “Paige’s Family Dinner Biscuit”
Second Place – Savory Category James Hayes – “Persuasion Biscuit”
Third Place – Savory Category Sheldon Rudisill – “Ooh La La Onion Biscuit”
First Place – Sweet Category Jackie Hardin –“Lemon Lime Pecan Sticky Biscuit”
Second Place – Sweet Category Susan Reid – “Caramel Apple Biscuit”
Third Place – Sweet Category Tammy Love – “Cinnamon-Vanilla Nut Coffeehouse Biscuit”
INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH SOUTHERN LIVING
KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The International Biscuit Festival announced that Southern Living will be the exclusive media sponsor for the 2013 Festival, to be held in Knoxville, TN on May 16-18, 2013. The International Biscuit Festival celebrates that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit.
“We are thrilled to have Southern Living as a partner in the Festival,” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss of the International Biscuit Festival. “Biscuits and Southern Living are touchstones of Southern culture.”
Southern Living celebrates the best of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, the
Southern Living brand connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of media platforms and branded products. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies
“We will never give up on our quest to discover or formulate the world’s most perfect biscuit. It’s one of our culture’s simplest, most satisfying soul foods,” said Lindsay Bierman, editor of
Southern Living. “The Festival celebrates our passion for one of the great pillars and joys of Southern cooking.”
Southern Living will have a major presence at the Festival, with Southern Living staff doing demonstrations on the Biscuit Bake-Off Stage. There also will be a Southern Living pavilion on the Biscuit Boulevard tasting area with samples of Biscuit recipes straight from the Southern Living Test Kitchen. Hunter Lewis, Southern Living‘s new Executive Editor, will also be featured at the Festival’s Southern Food Writing Conference, along with Top Chef’s Hugh Acheson, CNN’s Kat Kinsman and author Julia Reed, among many others on May 16th and 17th.
THE INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL SELECTED BEST FOOD FESTIVAL!
The International Biscuit Festival was selected the Best Food Festival in the nation by Livability.com. Topping the recently released Top 10 list after only it’s second year, the Biscuit Festival rises above a number of great food events occurring across the United States.
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The complete Top 10 Food Festivals list:
1. The International Biscuit Festival Knoxville, TN
2. Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival Pueblo, CO
3. Dudie Burger Festival Tupelo, MS
4. Barbecue Festival Lexington, NC
5. RC and Moonpie Festival Shelbyville, TN
6. Happy Harry’s RibFest Fargo, ND
7. Soul Food Cook-off Muskogee, OK
8. Gingerbread House Festival Provo, UT
9. Oregon Truffle Festival Eugene, OR
10. Tomato Festival Newark, OH
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