KNOXVILLE – An expanded schedule is expected to bring biscuit art, Southern food writers and Food Network talent into the mix May 15-18 at the International Biscuit Festival, a celebration of that most perfect of foods – the biscuit.
An expanded Biscuit Art Exhibition features the best artistic works highlighting the biscuit beginning with an opening reception May 2 in downtown venues including Bliss Home and RALA on Market Square.
The Southern Food Writing Conference kicks off with focus on Southern culture. The conference will feature a panel of speakers that include some of the most noted Southern food writers, chefs, publishers, food enthusiasts in the nation. Topics range from food’s role in Southern life, histories, sessions on soul food and popularity of Southern food in cities like New York and San Francisco. A special dinner at Blackberry Farm on Thursday evening will also be included. The conference will wrap up with the Biscuit Bash party and concert at the Standard with 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 main festival starts with a stroll down Biscuit Boulevard starting at 9 a.m. May 17 with a tasting area with more than 20 different restaurants and biscuit bakers sharing their signature biscuits. Tickets are $10, which include samples of up to five different biscuit creations. The Biscuit Bazaar vendor area also opens at 9 a.m. 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.
Adding an extra day to the festivities this year, the International Biscuit Festival and Food Network will present “An Evening with Tyler Florence” May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. Florence is the star of the Food Network’s top rated show “The Great Food Truck Race.” Florence will present a lively show that shares behind-the-scenes stories from his career in television. Tickets range from $34 to $122.
The Great Food Truck Extravaganza street party will take place at 6 p.m. outside the Tennessee Theatre where food trucks from across the state will gather to celebrate food and music.
For information including tickets and applications, visit biscuitfest.com.