Monday, July 8, 2013

Biscuit Fest 2013

I know I know, all that hype about Biscuit Fest and here it is July and I’m just now posting it (May 18 2013 – the 4th year with over 20,000 people!).  No real reason – just life gets in the way sometimes, but enough about that – let’s get to the biscuits!  Very pic heavy!!

*Please note that I cannot be responsible for any damage to your computers caused by drooling on your keyboards

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This is an early festival folks.  You want to be downtown Knoxville by 8:30am at least.  Don’t let the rain stop you.

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The frenzy about to begin – and I don’t really recommend taking your pets to this one

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Bella Luna – Italian Pizza Biscuit

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Benefit your Life Gluten Free Bakery – Berry Biscuit

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Downtown Hilton – Chipotle Sweet Potato Biscuit

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Biscuit Love Truck – ‘Bonuts’ (A cross between a biscuit and a donut)

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The Plaid Apron – Sorry, didn’t write this one down, I remember cream and balsamic?

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Latitude 35 – Country Apple Cinnamon Biscuit

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RT Lodge (Maryville, TN) – Deep Fried Biscuit with braised short rib and pickled onion

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Tea at the Gallery - Rosemary Biscuit topped with Strawberry

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Sapphire – Blueberry Oatmeal Scone

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Pillsbury – Grilled Biscuit Sloppy Joe Pizza

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Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant – Shrimp Andouille Sausage Biscuit

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Southern Living Magazine Test Kitchen – two varieties that I failed to write down

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Tupelo Honey Café – Green Eyed Monster Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit

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The line for Tupelo Honey’s biscuit – around the block!

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Rel Maples Institute of Culinary Arts – Bananas Foster Biscuit

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Even Chick-fil-A had their biscuits there!

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Flour Head Bakery/The Tomato Head – really good forgot to write down, sorry

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Other vendors cashing in on biscuit bonanza – Barnes & Noble with books related to biscuits (say that 3x fast!)

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Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams – absolutely prized around these parts for their bacon.  Super smoky.

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And for your viewing pleasure – BACON.

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Winners:  (Info credit to www.biscuitfest.com)

People’s Choice Award: Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant - Andouille Shrimp and Grits Biscuit

People’s Choice Runners Up: Flourhead/ Tomato Head -Sweetwater Valley Smoked Cheddar and Onion Biscuit, and Tupelo Honey Cafe for the Green-Eyed Monster Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit.   That Biscuit also won the award for Best Biscuit Name.

Critic’s Choice Award: RT Lodge - Deep Fried Biscuit with Braised Short Rib and Pickled Onion

Best Biscuit Booth Award - Rel Maples Institute of Culinary Arts (Bananas Foster Biscuit)

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I hope you enjoyed this post on Biscuit Fest – hope to see you there in 2014, May 15-17!  Just FYI, Knoxville is within a day’s drive of 2/3 of the entire US population Winking smile Come on down and have a great time, y’all!

PS – The festival made the top of the list thanks to livability.com – have any of you been to any of these?

Top 10 Food Festivals list:

1. The International Biscuit Festival Knoxville, TN
2. Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival Pueblo, CO
3. Dudie Burger Festival Tupelo, MS
4. Barbecue Festival Lexington, NC
5. RC and Moonpie Festival Shelbyville, TN
6. Happy Harry’s RibFest Fargo, ND
7. Soul Food Cook-off Muskogee, OK
8. Gingerbread House Festival Provo, UT
9. Oregon Truffle Festival Eugene, OR
10. Tomato Festival Newark, OH

Yes, the bucket list is getting out of control!!