Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival 2012

On Saturday, We had a Brown(e) meet-up at the International Biscuit Festival in downtown Knoxville.  Situated alongside the weekly Farmer’s Market on Market Square, it was an explosion of local businesses.. anything from fresh produce, jams & jellies, flours and mixes, honey, and of course… biscuits.  A plethora of businesses piled onto Market St (temporarily renamed Biscuit Boulevard) to offer samples of unique biscuit recipes,  both sweet & savory.  The biscuits are judged by an official panel, and visitors to the Fest get to cast their own votes as well.

It was a great way to get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and learn a little more about what Knoxville has to offer in the foodie world.

We woke up that morning, skipped breakfast, and headed downtown for some serious Carbo Loading.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
$5 per person gets you 5 biscuit samples – but you can always buy more tickets than that if you want to sample more!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Our first stop brought us to Bella Luna’s booth, and their chocolate espresso biscuit balls (zeppoli) with orange mascarpone glaze.  Great way to kick things off!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Tupelo Honey will be coming to Market Square very soon, and I cannot wait to eat there!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Tupelo’s biscuit was pimento cheese and ham, oh boy!  It was about this time that Matt and I got smart about pooling our samples and sharing the biscuits.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Lots of people crowded into the Market Square/Market Street area for the festivities!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Definitely a fan of Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.. I couldn’t wait to see what they cooked up!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Oh man.. scrambled eggs, ham, and swiss cheese covered with a spinach florentine sauce (some of that is a guess.. we can’t exactly remember what was in the sauce).  I knew they would serve up something yummy!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Nashville Urban Gardens had a great presentation for their peach biscuits with lavender blackberry jam, smoked country ham and peach syrup

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
.. delish!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Dazzo’s Pizzeria had an offering to please the butter lovers (me! me!) with their buttermilk asiago and rosemary biscuit with garlic butter.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
The Plaid Apron had a big clear sign describing their biscuit, and it drew quite a crowd.  It’s chocolate.. c’mon.. people are going to flock!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
And here it is.. yummy.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Gotta say, this one was my favorite as far as the texture of the biscuit itself.  Soft, moist, and fluffy.  Mmm..

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Sapphire also had a big colorful sign, so you knew exactly what type of biscuit they were serving!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
This one really packed a flavor punch with the bacon and blue cheese.  The butter basted on the top finished things off nicely.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Cafe 4 took home the 2012 People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row.  We wasted no time looking for their booth, since it’s one of our favorite places in town to eat.

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Their cinnamon toast crunch biscuit was soo delicious, and was a nice way to end our tastings.  They got my vote!

International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
The gals from Cruze Farm set up shop with offerings of fresh flavored milks, shakes, ice cream, and other yummies.  We sampled a delicious buttermilk lime cardamom ice cream.

What a great way to spend a morning – sometimes our little city really impresses me!

Want to learn more about Biscuit Fest? Check out their main website or head over to their Facebook page!

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Comments

  1. Inhaled ALL of the carbs. I felt like a brick for the rest of the day.

    Worth it. 

  2. This was a fun way to spend Saturday morning. I too am more and more surprised by our little city. Maybe living here isn’t so bad afterall. ;)

  3. Nice recap of biscuitfest. We just wanted to let all the wonderful folks who tried our Peach Cathead Biscuits know that our sign at our biscuitfest tent was spelled incorrectly and is actually Nashville Urban Gardeners. We invite you to check out more adventures in food and farm at nashvilleurbangardeners.wordpress.com. Thanks! Brandon

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