This year on April 23-24 over 40,000 festival-goers from all over the Southeast will gather in South Pittsburg to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 20th Annual National Cornbread Festival. Located just a few miles west of Chattanooga, nestled in the foothills of the South Cumberland Mountains on the banks of the Tennessee River, this quaint little town hosts a grand festival in celebration of a culinary delight often referred to as the cornerstone of southern cuisine; cornbread.
Contestants from all over the country enter their best recipes in hopes of becoming the next National Cornbread Cook-off Champion. This event inspires a wide range of recipes from traditional southern cornbread to creative flavors like maple bacon, jalapeno and local favorites all served up with a smile as you stroll along Cornbread Alley. If you’re really courageous, join one of the cornbread eating contests or buttermilk chugging races.
Throughout the town there are five stages including the historic Princess Theatre that will feature over 30 acts filling the streets with the sounds of country, bluegrass, old-time fiddlers, southern gospel, and rock music. 14-time Grammy Award winning country music and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the main stage Saturday. Bring your bag chairs and experience Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder’s well-known unique cross-cultural, genre-bending musical sounds along with other chart-climbers like Bryan White, Red Roots and many others for the low festival admission price of only $5.
The National Cornbread Festival was recently selected as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association and it’s easy to see why with so many arts and crafts, children’s corner with fun games and inflatables, the best festival concessions vendors, general store, musicians jam tent and events that feature a huge carnival, beauty contest, classic car show, historic South Pittsburg tours, Lodge Manufacturing tours, pancake breakfast, 5K road race and church service.
Be sure to tour the Lodge Manufacturing Co. foundry, maker of Lodge Cast Iron cookware since 1896 and spin the giveaway wheel sponsored by Martha White, producer of high-quality flour and cornmeal since 1899 as they come together with the friendly local volunteers of South Pittsburg to showcase a wide variety of family friendly events, attractions and of course, plates full of good ole cornbread.
Make your plans to join the fun and see what’s cooking in South Pittsburg at the 20th Annual National Cornbread Festival. Official website: http://www.nationalcornbread.com/