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Biscuitfest Schedule Is Here!

We told you about the Biscuitfest art contest the other week, but now we've got the full rundown on everything happening with our favorite food festival, and it's exciting, y'all!

According to a press release from Biscuit Boss John Craig (and, yes, his business cards totally say that now, and if you don't believe us, you can read it in the New Yorker), this year's festival is expanding into Sunday. Alas, there won't be two days of people selling biscuits downtown. But there will be a special food truck extravaganza on Gay Street Sunday evening, with food trucks from across the state. (Including, we hear, Nashville's famous Biscuit Love Truck.) 

The reason, of course, is that the Food Network's Tyler Florence, host of The Great Food Truck Race, will be here for the festival and speaking at the Tennessee Theatre Sunday night. (Tickets went on sale yesterday, by the way.)

You can read all the fun details below, but we should note: If you want to enter the highly competitive baking contest, start planning your recipe now. Those judges don't mess around.


International Biscuit Festival 2014 Serves Up Fresh, Hot Schedule 

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - An expanded schedule brings Biscuit Art and Food Network talent into the mix at the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, TN on May 15th- 18th, 2014. The International Biscuit Festival is a celebration of that most perfect of foods - the Biscuit. The Festival combines food, fun and entertainment to create a unique destination event.

Adding an extra day to the festivities, the International Biscuit Festival and Food Network present "An Evening with Tyler Florence" at the Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, May 18th at 8 pm. Florence is the star of the Food Network's top rated show The Great Food Truck Race. Florence will take the stage at the Tennessee Theatre with a lively show that shares behind the scenes stories from his career in television. Ticket prices range from $34.00 for general admission, up to $122.00 for VIP access. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3rd at 10 am at all Tickets Unlimited outlets and the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200 or tennesseetheatre.com.

"We are thrilled to have Tyler and the Food Network as a part of the Biscuit Festival," said John Craig, Biscuit Boss. "Tyler is one of the most popular personalities on Food Network, and he brings an added level of excitement to the Festival. This is a show you do not want to miss!"

Adding to the fun will be The Great Food Truck Extravaganza, a street party outside the Tennessee Theatre at 6 pm, immediately before the show. Favorite food trucks from across the state will gather for a street party celebration with great food and music.

Also new for 2014 is a greatly expanded Biscuit Art Exhibition. A call to artists has gone out across the country and overseas for submissions of artistic creativity that celebrate the Biscuit. The juried Exhibition will feature the best works in downtown venues including Bliss Home and RALA on Market Square, beginning with an opening reception on First Friday, May 2, 2014. The exhibition will be juried by David Butler, the executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, and Cindy Spangler, the former Collections Manager for the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For more information on the competition's entry process, visit Biscuitfest.com/biscuit-art.

The Southern Food Writing Conference kicks off this year's event with focus on Southern culture. The Conference will run Thursday and Friday and feature a panel of speakers that include some of the most noted Southern food writers in the nation. Topics range from food's role in Southern life to histories, as well as sessions on soul food and the popularity of southern food in cities like New York and San Francisco.

The Conference, sponsored by White Lily, features authors, chefs, publishers, food enthusiasts, and lovers of all things Southern. The schedule includes a special dinner at Blackberry Farm on Thursday evening. Registrations are on sale now at Biscuitfest.com.

The Conference wraps up Friday evening with the Biscuit Bash party and concert at The Standard on Jackson Avenue. A VIP reception will feature favorite food writers signing their books and meeting their fans. A menu of recipes provided by the authors will keep the guests well fed. The evening continues with the Biscuit Songwriting finals and more entertainment in the adjacent venue space. Tickets for the event are available at Biscuitfest.com now for only $75 and include a full evening of food, music and fun!  

On Saturday, the main Festival starts with a stroll down Biscuit Boulevard, the tasting area with more than twenty different restaurants and Biscuit bakers sharing their Signature Biscuits. The Boulevard, sponsored for the fifth year by Clayton Bank, opens at 9:00 am. Guests can purchase $10.00 tickets that allow them to sample up to five different Biscuit creations.  

The Biscuit Bazaar vendor area also opens at 9:00 am to showcase Biscuit-friendly wares, including jams, jellies, honey, sorghum, aprons, kitchenware, artwork and cookbooks.  

One of the highlights of the Festival each year is the Blackberry Farm Biscuit Brunch. The chefs of Blackberry Farm will create a unique "Foothills Cuisine" dining experience in Krutch Park. A limited number of tickets are available for $85 at Biscuitfest.com.

The main event in the afternoon is the Biscuit Baking Contest. Contestants selected from a nationwide application process will compete in four categories: Savory Biscuits, Sweet Biscuits, Special Biscuits, and Student Biscuits. The Special Biscuit category seeks the most creative Biscuit creations, while the Student category is for Biscuit bakers who are 18 and under. 

Baking Contest applications are available online at BiscuitFest.com. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on April 21st, 2014. Finalists will bake live at the Festival.

Applications are also available for the Festival's Biscuit Songwriting competition, which is sponsored for a second year by Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, and the ever popular Miss and Mr. Biscuit Pageant, sponsored by Mast General Store.

For information about the International Biscuit Festival, go to Biscuitfest.com.

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