May 14th-16th, 2015

 Fall 2014 Internships!

It’s like a dream come true, right? An entire festival dedicated to the most perfect of Southern culinary delights- the Biscuit! The International Biscuit Festival and Southern Food Writing Conference are in their 6th and 4rd year, respectively. Event dates are May 14-16, 2015.
The Festival and Conference are currently seeking interns for the Fall 2014 semester.

*We are introducing a new event in January 2015: “Best of the South” Southern Food & Beverage Event. We are looking for 2-3 bright individuals interested in gaining experience in Event Planning, Marketing/PR, or general work experience. An appreciation for all things whimsical and a passion for Southern culture and cuisine, namely the Biscuit, are a bonus!

Internship dates are August 25 – January 31, 2015.
This is an unpaid internship that provides the opportunity to network in Knoxville.
Hours will depend upon your schedule.

Intern Duties

• 10-20 hours/week commitment
• Coordinating vendors for events
• Creating & implementing Social Media plans
• Aid in website management
• Supervise Volunteers
• Running Errands
• Other duties as assigned

Intern Requirements:

• Great organizational Skills
• Effective communication skills
• Self-starter
• Work well under pressure
• Flexibility
• Sense of Humor
• Reliable transportation & laptop
• Ability to work alone & in groups
• Able to lift 20+lbs repeatedly

Helpful but not required:
• Familiarity with Hootsuite, WordPress, Google Docs, & Eventbrite
• Knowledge of Southern food culture
• Event Planning & Social Media management experience
• Willing to do anything in the name of Biscuits. ☺

To apply, please send resume to info@biscuitfest.com with “Biscuit Intern” in the subject field. If you have questions or would like to know more about the Festival & Conference, or Best of the South event please visit www.biscuitfest.com or contact me at the information listed below.

Sarah Johnson
Event Coordinator
865.238.4865
info@biscuitfest.com


INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL BUTTERS UP A RECORD CROWD

KNOXVILLE, TN – The International Biscuit Festival celebrated the fifth 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.

Erin Carlini was named Grand Champion of the Southern Biscuit® Flour Biscuit Baking Contest.  Her Chesapeake Bay Biscuit won over eleven other competitors and topped the Special category competition.

2014 Biscuit Bake-Off Grad Champion Erin Carlini

2014 Southern Biscuit® Flour Biscuit Baking Grand Champion Erin Carlini

The other category winners were Heather Thacker in the Savory category, with her Marcona Crumble & Candied Bacon Biscuit; an Orange Spice Cardamom Delight Biscuit by Paige Sandbank in the Sweet category; and Auden’s Sausage Smasher Biscuit by Auden Cole in the Student category.

Flourhead Bakery & the Tomato Head was named the People’s Choice Award winner in Biscuit Boulevard tasting area, sponsored by Clayton Bank and Trust.  Festival attendees overwhelmingly chose Flourhead’s Ms. Pearl Biscuit as their favorite Biscuit creation.

The Runners Up for the award were last year’s winner Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant for their Granny’s Cran-Apple Biscuit, and The Plaid Apron for their Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch Biscuit. That Biscuit also won the award for Best Biscuit Name.

The Critic’s Choice Award went to Biscuithead for their Country Fried Dream offering.

The Best Biscuit Booth Award was given to Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop.

In other Biscuit news, Robert Cremins was chosen as the very first Mr. Biscuit in the Miss or Mr. Biscuit Pageant.  Cremins performed a dramatic spoken word piece about his passion for Biscuits.

The Knox County Jug Stompers were the winners of the Biscuit Songwriting Competition, held on the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant Flatbed Music Stage.  Their winning tune was “Turn Them Biscuits Round”

 

The Tomato Head & Flourhead Bakery Biscuit is People’s Choice Award Winner!

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The International Biscuit Festival announced today that The Tomato Head & Flourhead Bakery won the People’s Choice Award for their Ms. Pearl Biscuit at the Biscuit Boulevard tasting area during the 2014 International Biscuit Festival, held Saturday, May 17, 2014 in downtown Knoxville.

 

The winning Biscuit came out ahead of 20 other Signature Biscuit creations available for sampling by the over 25,000 guests who attended this year’s Festival.  The Runners Up in the guest voting were Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant for their Granny’s Cran-Apple Biscuit and The Plaid Apron, who created the Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch Biscuit.

 

 

The Best Biscuit Booth was awarded to the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop.

 

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 Head from Asheville, NC, Highland Bakery from Atlanta, 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 2014 Biscuit Boulevard included:

 

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Biscuit Head

Biscuit Love Truck

Bojangles’

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

Capitol Grille

Flour Head Bakery

Gourmet’s Market

Hilton Knoxville

Highland Bakery

Latitude 35

One Blue Moose

The Plaid Apron

B97.5

Papi Joe’s Tennessee Pepper Sauce

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Southern Living Test Kitchen

Sundress Academy for the Arts

Tupelo Honey Café

WBIR & Bradford Catered events

 


Ticket Sales to Tyler Florence Appearance at International Biscuit FestivalWill Help Fund Summer Meals for Kids

Food Network Commits $25,000 for Local and National Summer Meals Programs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2014) – Fans of Food Network’s Tyler Florence won’t just be getting

a unique perspective into the popular chef’s culinary vision when they attend “An Evening with

Tyler Florence” on May 18 during the International Biscuit Festival. They also will be helping

feed vulnerable children throughout the summer months – a time when many school-age kids

miss meals on a regular basis.

 

The International Biscuit Festival, now in its fifth year, attracts more than 25,000 people to

this regional celebration of the best of all foods – the biscuit. This year, beyond the food and

entertainment, the Biscuit Festival will have the added element of paying it forward.

“As a sponsor of the Biscuit Festival, Food Network is donating $10 for every ticket sold

for Tyler Florence’s show to the Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program,” says John Craig,

the Biscuit Boss of the annual festival. “That means a sold-out show will result in a $15,000

contribution from Food Network, which translates to delivering more than 45,000 meals to

about 600 kids in an 18-county area for the entire summer.”

 

In addition, with the local effort extending Food Network’s national partnership with Share Our

Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative, the network also is serving up added incentive – $10,000

to Share Our Strength’s national Summer Meals program in exchange for a packed house for

Florence’s show.

 

“For kids, summertime should be all about fun and making memories with friends and family.

But for kids who rely on school meals for their primary nutrition, summer can be a time of

uncertainty and even despair,” says Jim Clayton, Executive Vice President of Corporate Social

Responsibility at Scripps Networks Interactive, the parent company of Food Network. “Food

Network has become a power brand by inspiring and surprising us with the variety of things we

can do with food. Shouldn’t we also do what we can to make food attainable for those who are

in challenging situations, and especially children?”

 

“An Evening with Tyler Florence” is set for 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at the Tennessee Theater

and serves as main course for this year’s International Biscuit Festival. Tyler Florence is an

established leader among chefs and has shared his expertise on shows like America’s Best

Cook, Food Court Wars and The Great Food Truck Race. Now, Florence brings this expertise to

Knoxville as part of this year’s celebration of the biscuit. Tickets may be purchased at http://

biscuitfest.com/tickets/.

 

“The Biscuit Festival truly has become one of the best regional food festivals in the country,

so we couldn’t be more pleased to be connected in this very meaningful way,” says Lindsey

Spindle, Chief Brand Officer for Share Our Strength. “It’s exciting to see our Summer Meals

vision activated on a local level through Second Harvest’s Food For Kids program, and we are

very appreciative that through Food Network’s contributions, we can continue to make a real

impact on our promise of No Kid Hungry.”

 

While 21 million kids rely on free and reduced-price school lunches for their nutrition during

the school year, only 3 million kids are getting free summer meals. To increase awareness

of the issue and encourage support, Food Network will begin running a public service

announcement for Share Our Strength’s Summer Meals program in June.

 

About The International Biscuit Festival

The International Biscuit Festival was begun in 2009 by a group of local Biscuit lovers who

wanted to share Knoxville’s Biscuit heritage with the world. What started as a fun gathering

for friends and family has grown into a nationally recognized food festival. In 2012, the

Southern Food Writing Conference was added to the schedule to bring together authors, chefs,

publishers, publicists and others who love Southern food and those who write about it. Each

year, the Conference brings together a stellar group of speakers in an intimate setting to share

their passion for writing about food in the South.

 

The International Biscuit Festival is brought to you by Center City Events, LLC. a charitable

501(c)3 nonprofit. Proceeds from the Festival are invested back into the growth of the event.


Winners of the Biscuit Art Exhibition 2014!

Best in Show:

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Apricot Jam by K. Henderson.

Displayed in Rala.

Merit Awards:

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Hot Smear & Melt by Denise Stewart Sanabria.

Displayed in Coffee & Chocolate

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Baking in Black and White by Melinda Adams.

Displayed in Bliss Home.


The Biscuit Art Exhibition is hosted at Rala, Coffee & Chocolate, and Bliss Home in Market Square May 2-31st, 2014. Visit the Biscuit Art Page to View/Purchase All Biscuit Art!



Food Network’s Tyler Florence to take the stage at the Tennessee Theatre!

Tickets available at all Tickets Unlimited outlets, the Tennessee Theatre Box office,

by phone at 865-656-4444, or online at tennsesseetheatre.com

Tyler Poster


GET INVOLVED– ENTER A COMPETITION!

The Biscuit Art Exhibition: The International Biscuit Festival is looking for artists to submit artwork to our Biscuit Art Exhibition in Knoxville, TN. This whimsical art competition is inspired by the most perfect of Southern foods— the Biscuit. Entries are due April 11, 2014 at midnight. The Exhibition and Reception will be held at Rala and Bliss Home on Market Square, on May 2, 2014. The Biscuit Art Competition is a fun opportunity to win up to $1,000, and gain premium exposure at this nationally recognized event.

 

The Biscuit Baking Contest: Biscuit Fest is seeking biscuit recipes in four categories: Savory Biscuits, Sweet Biscuits, Special Biscuits, and Student Biscuits (Students must be 18 years of age or under). Deadline is April 21st, 2014! Entries will be judged initially based on the entry form and recipe of biscuit. Winners will be determined by a qualified panel of judges. Who’s more qualified than a selection from our Speakers for the Southern Food Writing Conference!

Christopher Lowe's "Fire on the Mountain" Biscuit from the 2013 Biscuit Baking Contest

Christopher Lowe’s “Fire on the Mountain” Biscuit from the 2013 Biscuit Baking Contest

The Biscuit Boulevard: Over 20 of the region’s finest restaurants and bakers bring their Signature Biscuits for you to sample. Boulevard participants will also be offering a selection of Biscuits and other goodies for you to purchase directly.Are you a restaurant or Biscuit maker interested in participating?  Download the Application and Guidelines to the right.Sponsored by Clayton Bank & Trust.

 

The Biscuit Songwriting Competition: Put your love of Biscuits to music and share it with the world. The Biscuit Songwriting Competition attracts some of the best talent around as they share their musical tributes to the white and fluffy. Selected artists will perform their songs live during the International Biscuit Festival. Download the Application and Guidelines to the right. Sponsored by Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.

The Knox County Jug Stompers: Winners of the Biscuit Songwriting Competition 2013!

The Knox County Jug Stompers: Winners of the Biscuit Songwriting Competition 2013!

The Miss or Mr. Biscuit Pageant: Only the most poised, most talented, the most Biscuity can earn the coveted title of Miss and Mr. Biscuit. Contestants will be judged on Biscuit Making Fashion, Poise, and a Biscuit-related Talent. Sponsored by Mast General Store.

Miss Biscuit 2013, Liz Barr, signing autographs at Mast General Store!

Miss Biscuit 2013, Liz Barr, signing autographs at Mast General Store!

 


INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL 2014 SERVES UP HOT, FRESH SCHEDULE

MARCH 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: John Craig, Biscuit Boss – International Biscuit Festival

(865) 238-5219     info@biscuitfest.com

 

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

info@biscuitfest.com

865-238-5219


International Biscuit Festival 2013: Highlights

International Biscuit Festival 2013 : Highlights from Loch & Key Productions on Vimeo.

International Biscuit Festival 2013: Southern Food Writing Conference

International Biscuit Festival 2013 : Southern Food Writers Conference from Loch & Key Productions on Vimeo.

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

Bella Luna

Benefit Your Life

Biscuit Love Truck

Chick Fil A

Flour Head Bakery

Hilton Knoxville

Latitude 35

The Plaid Apron

Pillsbury

RT Lodge

Sapphire

B97.5

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.

“Songs are written about it. Stories revolve around it. What better thing to celebrate than food? And what better way to celebrate than a community-wide festival, bringing together favorite foods and local culture?

Turns out, the saying is true, “You are what you eat.” Communities can be defined by their food. Whether it’s comfort food from the heart of the South or a chili kick from Colorado, food can turn a small town into a tourist destination or earn a big city high praise. And that, friends, is cause for celebration.

From the weird and wacky RC and Moonpie Festival to the elegant Oregon Truffle Festival, we’ve scoured the country to give you a taste of some of the best food fests in the most livable cities. So go on, dig in.”

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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