Celebrated BiscuitsTuesday, June 08, 2010
...More than 3,000 festival attendees packed Market Square, Market Street, Clinch Avenue and Krutch Park, sampling a hodgepodge of biscuits and the foods that embellish one of the South's emblematic palate-pleasers.
Paul and Arlene Anderson of Madisonville said they were surprised that it took so long to bake up the idea of a biscuit festival.
Knoxville's Don Pirkle has been a biscuit eater for 68 years.
"I had my first one when I was 2 - I'm a biscuit connoisseur," the 70-year-old Pirkle said. "I've had four biscuits already. The strawberry whipped cream biscuits were delicious. This is fantastic. I figured I'd stay here about 15 minutes and leave. I can see I'll be here for a while."
Rex Bradford Jones, caterer at Abner's Attic on Asheville Highway, supplied 600 sweet potato, buttermilk and pimento cheese biscuits for the breakfast.
Really wish we had been able to go to the festival - there was a biscuit cook-off, a huge biscuit tasting, a breakfast and brunch, biscuit eating contest, music, art, books...and the crowning of Mr. and Miss Biscuit.
A Carol Fay biscuit from a visit to the Loveless:
passed away back in April. Sure do wish she had won on the Throwdown show with Bobby Flay!)
These biscuits are from The Beacon Light in Bon Aqua, Tennessee:
I loved these tiny ones from Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall in Natchez:
There's a short clip from The Rise of the Southern Biscuit dvd here, but the best part of the book really are all the recipes (minus Carol Fay's), from places like The Beautiful, Flying Biscuit, Watershed, Lynn's Paradise Cafe, K-Paul's, Threadgill's, and so many more.