Named one of the best food festivals in the United States by National Geographic Traveler, The International Biscuit Festival will be celebrating its eighth year in existence in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The festival brings in over 25,000 biscuit enthusiasts for the multiple day event. “The Biscuit Festival and its related events consistently draw thousands from throughout the Southeast to celebrate the best of biscuits and Southern food culture,” says organizer John Craig, known at The Biscuit Boss.

The International Biscuit Festival is loaded with events, including:

  • The Biscuit Baking Contest, presented by Southern Biscuit - a full day of live baking competitions and cooking demonstrations with entrants from around the country and notable food personalities on the main stage.
  • The Southern Food Writing Conference, presented by White Lily - an intimate two-day conference that gathers more than 100 of the nation's most respected journalists, magazine and digital editors, television producers, authors, chefs and food enthusiasts to share personal stories and perspectives on writing, food and Southern culture. It is supported by Blackberry Farm, VisitKnoxville and the John Besh Foundation, and is considered one of the most engaged, insightful conferences for this community. This year, a “Taste of the South” Marketplace is being added to provide conference attendees and participating brands an even higher quality experience.
  • The Biscuit Bash - a 300+ person book signing and live music experience with some of the best known cookbook authors and music artists in the Southeast. It serves as the official pre-Festival kick off.
  • The “50 States of Biscuits,” - the Festival’s newest initiative,  an online series presented by Great American Country and supported by White Lily that showcases the best biscuits in every state. Members of the Southern Food Writing Conference community contribute to the series each week, offering an inside look at recipes, photos, and interviews from biscuit makers around the country.


Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 International Biscuit Festival can be found here.