National Cornbread Festival set to sizzle this month

A true Southern meal wouldn’t be complete without a side of fresh, hot cornbread.

And that’s exactly what’s in store during the 15th Annual National Cornbread Festival, scheduled for April 30 and May 1. The celebration of all things cornbread takes place next weekend in South Pittsburg, Tenn., an easy two-hour drive from Atlanta.

The two-day festival features a number of events, ranging from buttermilk chugs to a dry cornbread eating contest to a Miss National Cornbread pageant in addition to shopping and a cornbread cook-off. In addition, guests can visit Cornbread Alley and sample nine different cornbread recipes for $2.

The event was named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for April 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“We’re thrilled to receive this honor again this year,” Ed Fuller, president of the National Cornbread Festival said in a news release. “To be recognized along with major Southeastern events creates a lot of pride for our community. None of our success would happen without the more than 1,000 volunteers. They are the superstars of the National Cornbread Festival.”

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IF YOU GO: From Atlanta , take Interstate 75 north to Chattanooga, Tenn. Then, take Interstate 24 to Exit 152, and continue on Highway 72 west for approximately 1.5 miles; bear right and follow the sign into downtown South Pittsburg.

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