See, Biscuits

The crowds at the first International Biscuit Festival exceeded expectations. The organizers were worried about too few attendees rather than too many.  Two months ago, I was the only media person to show up at their press conference. For Saturday’s event, the merchants along “Biscuit Boulevard” were told to prepare 400 samples for a four-hour tasting. No one anticipated that all 400 tickets would sell out within minutes.

Blackberry Farm Beignets with Sheep's Milk Yogurt Buttermilk Biscuits with Benton's Smoked Sausage Gravy and Blackberry Farm Jams Forever Roasted Pork & Fresh Bacon with Cruze Farm Ramp Grit Custards, Cooked Greens and Smoked Bacon Hollandaise My son and I started our day as invited guests at the elegant brunch catered by Blackberry Farm. Each place setting had a copy of the menu, as re-typed below. I meant to ask someone why they didn’t serve the “Singing Brook Cheese and Benton’s Country Ham” but everything else was so good, I couldn’t have eaten another thing anyway.

  • Buttermilk Biscuits with Benton’s Smoked Sausage Gravy and Blackberry Farm Jams
  • House Made Butter
  • Blackberry Farm Field Greens with Herb Vinaigrette
  • Singing Brook Cheese and Benton’s Country Ham
  • Beignets with Sheep’s Milk Yogurt
  • Forever Roasted Pork & Fresh Bacon with Cruze Farm Ramp Grit Custards, Cooked Greens and Smoked Bacon Hollandaise
  • Cruze Farm Buttermilk Pie with Vanilla Cream

Cruze Farm Buttermilk Pie with Vanilla Cream Frank Murphy and Chef Walter Lambert at the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville Sharon Benton, Frank Murphy, Earl Cruze, Cheri Cruze, Colleen Cruze, Allan Benton On my way into the brunch, I spotted Chef Walter Lambert from WVLT. I told him that I had watched his segment about the Biscuit Festival on Thursday. After brunch, I told Allan Benton that my son and I had traveled to his business in Madisonville during spring break. We talked while he walked to the Cruze Farms ice cream trailer to sample some of their wares.

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3 Responses to See, Biscuits

  1. Amelia says:

    What a great festival!!! Looks like a fun time.

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  3. I hadn’t heard about The Biscuit Festival until about a month prior when I was working on organizing parts of the City People Downtown Dash that was held Friday Night.

    “biscuits… festival”? It’s not like there isn’t a Festival for everything these days, but then I immediately thought… biscuits=flour=gluten so I dropped the thought of going to it. Why would I go when there would be nothing I could eat? Plus, it’s a ‘biscuit festival’… I have seen what kind of persona attend a Sci-Fi event so I could only “imagine” what might show up for a biscuit festival.

    Then, on Friday as I was working with the race, I met a pair of ladies from Arizona who had come here for the Festival. Intriguing! I am very excited to hear that there was such a positive response to the festival!

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