The National Cornbread Festival
- 221 South Cedar Ave.
- South Pittsburg, TN 37380
- Presented By: The National Cornbread Festival
- Location: South Pittsburg, TN
- Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Price: $
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Over 30,000 festival-goers from all over the southeast will gather in South Pittsburg, TN, to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 22nd Annual National Cornbread Festival. Located just a few miles west of Chattanooga, TN, nestled in the foothills of the South Cumberland Mountains on the banks of the Tennessee River, this quaint little town hosts an annual grand festival in celebration of cornbread, a culinary delight often referred to as the cornerstone of southern cuisine.
Contestants from all over the country enter their best recipes with the hope of becoming the next National Cornbread Cook-off Champion. This event inspires a wide range of recipes, from traditional southern cornbread, to creative flavors from maple bacon, to sweet Georgia peach cornbread, along with many other unique recipes, all served up with a smile as you stroll along Cornbread Alley. If you’re really courageous, you can join one of the cornbread eating contests or buttermilk chugging races, while the crowd laughs and cheers you on.
Throughout the town, there are five stages including the historic Princess Theatre, to feature over 50 acts throughout the weekend. Be sure to catch look for an updated list of entertainers at http://nationalcornbread.com/entertainment. Our featured artists will fill the streets with the sounds of country, bluegrass, blues, old-time fiddlers, southern gospel, and rock music, all for the low admission price of $7.
This year, the National Cornbread Festival will include over 70 arts and craft vendors, a farm-themed children’s corner with fun games and inflatables, the best festival concessions, a general store, antique tractors, blacksmith and glass blowing demonstrations, a huge carnival, a musicians’ jam tent, along with other events, such as a beauty contest, a classic car show, historic South Pittsburg tours, Lodge Manufacturing tours, a pancake breakfast, 5K road race and a Sunday morning church service.
With so much to experience, it’s no wonder The National Cornbread Festival was recently selected as one of the ‘Top 100 Events’ in North America by the American Bus Association as well as Taste of the South Magazine’s ‘List of 9 Things You Must Do’. With these kind of accolades, it’s easy to see why our grand festival is so popular.
Be sure to tour the Lodge Manufacturing Co. foundry, maker of Lodge Cast Iron cookware since 1896, and spin the giveaway wheel sponsored by Martha White, producer of high-quality flour and cornmeal since 1899, as they come together with the friendly local volunteers of South Pittsburg to showcase a wide variety of family friendly events, attractions, and of course, plates full of good ole cornbread.