Monday, April 8, 2013

The Southern Food Writing Conference 2013 Announces White Lily as Presenting Sponsor

The International Biscuit Festival today announced that White Lily® will be the presenting sponsor for the Southern Food Writing Conference , to be held May 16th and 17th, 2013 in Knoxville, TN. The Conference celebrates the tradition of Southern food writing and its important connection to the culture of the South.

The Conference attracts professional food writers, food bloggers, publishers, publicists and lovers of all things Southern. The Conference sessions mix educational, artistic and vocational topics that examine various facets of Southern food and culture.

“We are excited to have White Lily® as a partner in the growth of the Southern Food Writing Conference,” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss and lead organizer of the Conference. “Our goal is to provide a fun and informative gathering for professionals and amateurs alike,” added Craig. “Some of the most noted food and culture writers from across the nation will delve into a variety of topics that any Southern food lover will find entertaining.”

White Lily® flour has been preferred by generations of Southern bakers for light and fluffy Biscuits. Since the brand began back in 1883, White Lily® has been a symbol of Southern culture. White Lily® flour has also been named the Official Flour of the International Biscuit Festival.

White Lily® will be represented at the Conference by baking expert Linda Carman.

Confirmed speakers also include:
Julia Reed – Contributing Editor Garden & Gun, Elle Decor
Kat Kinsman – Managing Editor CNN Eatocracy
Hugh Acheson – Chef/Author “A New Turn in the South”
Francis Lam – Editor Random House
Hunter Lewis – Executive Editor Southern Living
Todd Fisher – Chef/Host United States of Bacon
Liz Thorpe – Author “The Cheese Chronicles”
Sheri Castle – Author “The New Southern Garden Cookbook”
Nancy Wall Hopkins – Deputy Editor Better Homes and Gardens
Cynthia Graubart – Author “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking”
Regina Charboneau – Author “Regina’s Table at Twin Oaks”
Sara Camp Arnold – Editor Gravy – Southern Foodways Alliance
Jennifer Davick – Photographer

Session topics will range from an overview of current trends in Southern food writing, to a tutorial on short form food writing and blogging, to a conversation about the intersection of Southern food and Southern culture. Attendees will learn about Southern cheeses, and a panel of bacon experts will discuss America’s penchant for pigs.

Registration for the Southern Food Writing Conference is available for just $450. The registration fee covers all Conference sessions and all meals, including a special dinner at Blackberry Farm, voted the #1 Resort in North America and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine. There will be a special Biscuit Bash and Book Signing event on Friday evening that will include celebrity recipes and a screening of the Southern Foodways Alliance film Pride and Joy.

Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. The Crowne Plaza Knoxville and the Hilton Knoxville are the partner hotels for the Conference and offer special rates for Conference attendees.

The Southern Food Writing Conference is a production of the International Biscuit Festival.

For more information about the Southern Food Writing Conference, go to

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