Tyler Florence to Headline International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville


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Food Network celebrity Tyler Florence is bringing his traveling stage show to Knoxville on May 18 to put a cap on the International Biscuit Festival that will run May 15-18. “An Evening With Tyler Florence” is supposedly a lively show that shares behind-the-scenes stories from his career in television. Tickets prices range from $34 for general admission, up to $122 for VIP access.

In a nod to Florence's role as host of The Great Food Truck Race, organizers have planned The Great Food Truck Extravaganza, a street party outside the Tennessee Theatre at 6 p.m. before the show. Favorite food trucks from across the state will gather for a street party celebration with food and music.

But that's not the only reason to head east on I-40 that weekend; the rest of the Biscuit Festival is jam-packed with events, exhibitions and competitions. For the first time, there will be an International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition featuring works inspired by the most perfect of Southern foods — the biscuit. Although the submission deadline has passed for that event, it could still be a fun spot to visit during the weekend.

You can still enter the Biscuit Baking Contest until April 22. Biscuit Fest is seeking biscuit recipes in four categories: Savory Biscuits, Sweet Biscuits, Special Biscuits and Student Biscuits (Students must be 18 years of age or under). Entries will be judged initially based on the entry form and recipe of biscuit. Winners will be determined by a qualified panel of judges pulled from the list of speakers at the associated Southern Food Writing Conference that immediately precedes the Biscuit Festival.

If you're more of a crooner than a baker, there's also the Biscuit Songwriting Competition. According to the event website, the Songwriting Competition "attracts some of the best talent around as they share their musical tributes to the white and fluffy." Selected artists will get to perform their songs live during the festival, and the winner gets $250, so start writing!

For information on even more activities going on during Biscuit Fest, slap a pat of butter on this link to the event website.


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