A few weeks ago I had the great honor of being a judge for the Martha White National Cornbread Cook-off at the National Cornbread Festival in beautiful and charming South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It was an amazing weekend that was filled with everything from the cook-off, to a buttermilk chugging contest, fireworks, a carnival, a street dance, amazing arts and crafts vendors, and lots and lots of cornbread. It is a great event that is family friendly. I traveled without my family this year, but even if I’m not invited back next year as a judge, I’ll be taking my family for the fun-filled weekend in 2015.
We got an exclusive tour of the Lodge factory. It’s only open for tours during Cornbread Festival weekend. If you ever have the opportunity to tour this foundry, you absolutely should. I just thought I loved my Lodge cast iron pieces, but now knowing the folks behind the company and the amazing attention to detail in the manufacturing process, I love them even more!
This little town really rolls out the red carpet. More than 1/3 of the town’s 3,000 residents volunteer to help make the festival a success each year. That’s pretty amazing, if you ask me!
Lots of stuff to do!
Amazing food to taste!
This recipe is the one that claimed the national title and earned the cook, Andria G. of Matthews, North Carolina, $5,000 and a beautiful Five Star gas range from Brown Stove Works. All of the entires were amazing and it was truly difficult to name only one winner.