Thursday, May 3, 2012

(Re)Discover Chattanooga - National Cornbread Festival

This past Sunday I crossed something off my bucket list - The National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN.  This is one of those, I've always wanted to go, but then I moved to South Carolina, things for me.  So I got a few friends together, and we made it happen.

Of course, I did manage to leave my phone in the car, so instead of my blurry iphone pics, Chattanooga Blogger Tony Burgess has let me use his!

The reason South Pittburg hosts a cornbread festival is because Lodge Manufacturing is based here.  They are a very old cast iron company that specializes in the cookware that is a must have for making cornbread.

Mayfield milk is also more than kind-of-a-big deal, and Maggie the cow was present to great you when you walked in the gates.

This was the 16th year of the festival, and I was impressed with how large & well done it was.  There was music on multiple stages, and craft vendors all down the main street. In the side streets vendors were selling homemade everything, from jams & candies, to jerky and full size pies.  (little old church ladies were selling the know they had to be good).  There were food vendors selling fried everything - think Twinkies, cheesecake, onion blossoms & fried green tomatoes.  There was even an amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel.

The best part of the festival by far was Cornbread Alley.  For $4, you got to sample 9 different types of cornbread dishes....and they were good.  Make me want to bake good, and that is saying something!  Here's a list of the different types of cornbread in Cornbread Alley this year.  This year's recipes haven't been posted yet, but they will be soon.  Here's a link to where they will be, along with previous year's recipes, and also the winning recipes from the cornbread cook-offs.
  1. Cornfetti Bread
  2. Deep Fried Sweet Potato Tots
  3. Butter Pecan Muffins
  4. Rodeo Pups
  5. Cornbread Pizza
  6. Razzle Dazzle
  7. Raymond's Pineapple Cream Cheese Cornbread Cake
  8. Sour Cream and Onion Cornbread
  9. Toasty Hushpuppies
When the recipes are posted (and I'll let you know) you should give a few a try...of this list, I had about 5 favorites! (Sour Cream and Onion, Razzle Dazzle, Raymond's Pinapple Cream Cheese Cornbread Cake, Deep Fried Sweet Potato Tots & the Rodeo Pups)


  1. Apparently my friend Karen was at the festival cooking the looks of the pictures, the pineapple cornbread cake. Hoping she'll hook me up with a recipe soon :) Glad to know it was good.

    1. Raymond's Pinapple Cream Cheese Cornbread Cake was really good. I think you would like it a lot. Let me know if you get the recipe and are trying it out sometime :)

  2. Cornbread Festival! Now that I know about it, I will have to get up there - maybe next year.
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea's Menagerie

    1. It's a beautiful drive Lea, and would make for a fun little road trip. Have a great weekend!

  3. Great blog Emily. It was a lot of fun but it was also very hot that day.

    1. I'm still rocking a pretty awesome farmers tan from that trip.

  4. My wife has a pretty wicked farmers tan. When she was in teaching she would do playtime outdoors and would get more sun. Now she has a pretty much 100% inside job and hasn't built up a tan yet. My scalp felt red too.


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