[Knoxville, TN] — It’s the ultimate Southern comfort food (well, besides Jack Daniel’s — I’m pretty sure whiskey is a food, right?).

Naturally, I digress. Let’s get back to biscuits — a simple food item, yet so emblematic of Southern culture.

“Biscuits are one of those elemental foods that resonate with people,” says John Craig. “It means something. People have memories related to biscuits, particularly in the South. It’s just a great starter food, if you will, for food enthusiasts.”

Craig is the organizer, and self-proclaimed “Biscuit Boss” of the International Biscuit Festival, held in Knoxville, Tennessee this past weekend.

The one-day festival attracted a record crowd of 20,000 biscuit lovers this year, and featured a biscuit bake-off, a biscuit songwriting competition (won by a Mr. Jimmy Johnson for his composition “Your Biscuits Make Me Soooo Happy”), and the crowning of “Miss Biscuit 2012” (won by a Miss Erin Sullivan, in case you were wondering).

And, of course, more biscuits than you could shake a spatula at: 20 different restaurants and 30 vendors offering everything biscuit. The annual festival takes place on a section of Market Street designated “Biscuit Boulevard,” just south of Knoxville’s historic Market Square.

Tennessee has always been one of my favorite motorcycle-riding destinations, so I jumped at the chance to visit Knoxville this weekend as part of a press tour sponsored by Tennessee’s Department of Tourist Development. I’ll have upcoming posts about the Museum of Appalachia and the American Museum of Science & Energy (Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Manhattan Project), among other highlights.

Stay tuned.


International Biscuit Festival: http://biscuitfest.com/

Knoxville, TN Tourism: http://www.knoxville.org/

Tennessee Tourism: http://www.tnvacation.com/




About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. This looks like such fun! I love southern comfort food of all kinds, but mmmm biscuits are the best!
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  2. inka

    May 22, 2012

    I have to admit ignorance: I never quite knew what ‘biscuits’ in the US are. Now, thanks to you, I do and I’m sure to try them some time soon.
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  3. Renee King

    May 22, 2012

    This is so good, it’s wrong…..slurp! I think the most decadent use of biscuits was when my sister worked at Mrs. Winner’s years ago and made a concoction with a biscuit in the bottom of a cup, a couple of jam packets poured on top and then covered with soft serve ice cream and mix it all together. It was delicious!
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  4. Megan @ Roamancing

    May 21, 2012

    I had no idea there was a festival devoted completely to biscuits! Sounds like a great reason to visit Knoxville!
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