Wednesday, April 11, 2012

International Biscuit Festival Serves Up Expanded 2012 Schedule

A newly expanded schedule for the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tenn. on May 16- 19, 2012 was announced Tuesday afternoon. 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.

Kicking off the festivities, the International Biscuit Festival and Food Network present “An Evening with Alton Brown” at the Tennessee Theatre on Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00 pm. Alton Brown is the star of the Food Network show Good Eats and also hosts Iron Chef America. Brown 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 $33.50 for general admission, up to $98.50 for VIP access. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10:00 am at all Tickets Unlimited outlets and the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200 or

“We are thrilled to have Alton Brown and the Food Network as a part of the Biscuit Festival,” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss. "Alton 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!”

The Southern Food Writing Conference is the other big addition to the Biscuit Festival’s 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 cookbooks to researching food histories, as well as sessions on sorghum and the popularity of southern food in cities like New York and Chicago.

The Conference, sponsored by Stokely Hospitality, is open to food enthusiasts, food writers, and lovers of all things Southern. The schedule includes a special dinner at Blackberry Farm on Thursday evening. Tickets are on sale now at

The Conference wraps up Friday evening with the Biscuit Book Signing in the Square Room at 4 Market Square. A dozen of your favorite food writers will sign their books and meet their fans. The event is open to the public and includes food, music and fun! The Biscuit Songwriting finals and a Black Cadillacs show will round out the evening.

On Saturday, the main Festival kicks off with lots of fun experiences for everyone.

“For the past two years, the International Biscuit Festival has created an experience in Knoxville that is authentic and fun,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation. “The Festival brings together biscuit makers, artists, musicians, vendors, and thousands of attendees to downtown to enjoy southern culture and home cooking. The event offers fun and exciting activities, and highlights Knoxville’s authentic culture throughout the weekend.”

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Biscuit Breakfast, where Biscuit lovers select from a big Biscuit buffet provided by the region’s top caterers.

The Biscuit Bazaar vendor area opens at 9:00 am to showcase Biscuit-friendly wares, including jams, jellies, honey, sorghum, aprons, kitchenware, artwork and cookbooks.

Guests with an appetite can stroll down Biscuit Boulevard, a tasting area with more than twenty different restaurants and Biscuit bakers sharing their Signature Biscuits. The Boulevard, sponsored for the third year by Clayton Bank, opens at 9:00 am. Guests can purchase $5.00 tickets that allow them to sample up to five different Biscuit creations. Biscuits can also be purchased directly from participating vendors.

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

The main event in the afternoon is the Biscuit Bake Off, presented by Southern Biscuit® flour and mixes. 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.

Bake Off applications are available online at Submissions will be accepted until midnight on April 20, 2012. Finalists will bake live at the Festival.

Applications are also available for the Festival’s Biscuit Songwriting competition, and the ever popular Miss and Mr. Biscuit Pageant, sponsored by Mast General Store.

For information about the International Biscuit Festival, go to

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