Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cornbread Festival Next Saturday, Nov 5, Bernice Garden

For More Information, Contact:
KD Reep, 501-766-1260 or

2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival Celebrates

Pure, Simple and Good Food, Music, Community

in downtown Little Rock on Sat., November 5

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 15, 2011) – What’s more American than baseball and apple pie? That’s cornbread and Main Street, and cornbread connoisseurs far and wide will vote on their favorite trad

itional, nontraditional and sweet varieties at the inaugural 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. between Daisy Gatson Bates and 16th Streets in downtown Little Rock, AR on Sat., Nov. 5, 2011.

Competitors include professionals, who are those making cornbread for a living, and amateurs, who are those who have made cornbread all their lives. Both those attending the festival as well as a celebrity judging panel will determine the best cornbread in the state in traditional, nontraditional and sweet categories as well as the best overall winner. In addition, the best professional winner will receive an invitation to showcase their cornbread at the 2012 New Orleans Road Food Festival. Samples for the 2011 cornbread competition are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy blues, bluegrass, folk and gospel music while strolling vendor booths for Arkansas goods, learn about nonprofits and their important work in our community, play games and experience South Main for its commitment to heritage during its modern revitalization.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 years old and free for children five and under. Pets are allowed. For more information about the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, visit For questions regarding participating in the festival, contact Liz Sanders at or call 501-617-2511.

Cornbread Competitors

The judging criteria are based on flavor, texture, aroma, appearance and creativity.

Samples are on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure you get here early to enjoy all the wonderful samples offered by our Professional and Amateur participants.

Professional Participants

Boulevard Bread
Dogtown Coffee and Cookery
House Catering
Loblolly Creamery
Old South Cornbread Co.
Rosalia’s Family Bakery
Ashley’s @ The Capital Hotel
The Root
The Savory Pantry
War Eagle Mill
Whole Foods Little Rock
Amateur Participants

Terry Wright
Rose Smith
Diana Sivils
Members from Quapaw Quarter United Methodist
Members from Christ Episcopal Church
4 student groups from the culinary department at Pulaski Technical College.
Celebrity Judges

Pam Smith, KATV Ch. 7
Craig O’Neill, Today’s THV Ch. 11
Phyllis Speer, Arkansas Outdoors
Mary Twedt, Arkansas Cooks
Crescent Dragonwagon, The Cornbread Gospels


The 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival is possible because if its monetary and in-kind sponsors who help offset costs and provide goods and services to make the festival a success. We thank these individuals, companies and organizations for their commitment to the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival.

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