Cornbread is King Saturday in Little Rock

How many ways are there to make cornbread? Do you add sugar? Do you cook it in a cast iron skillet? Is buttermilk a “must” ingredient? How do you serve it? As wedges, in squares, or make cornbread sticks? If there is such a thing as a quintessential Southern food, it could easily be cornbread. Come celebrate this staple of the South at the 2011 Cornbread Festival, Saturday, Nov. 5.
Well-known judges include acclaimed cookbook author and former Arkansas resident, Crescent Dragwagon; KATV personality and food critic Pamela Smith; Today’s THV anchor Craig O’Neill; outdoors cooking expert Phyllis Speer; and award-winning Broadway actor and Arkansas native, Lawrence Hamilton.

Everything takes place in The Bernice Garden, located at the corner of Daisy Gaston Bates and Main Street in downtown Little Rock. This inaugural event has competition for professionals and amateurs. In addition to the cornbread, sides and beverages will be served. The festival also includes blues, bluegrass and folk bands, children’s activities, and nonprofit booths and vendors selling new and vintage goods. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 ages 6-12, with ages five and under free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 501-617-2511 for additional details. Check the festival Facebook page for updates.
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