CELEBRATING: Southern Food Writing & Biscuits

Mar 6 2013

by Kate Spears

The south is home to some fabulous folks as well as some amazing events. I can’t wait to kick off the month of May with the Southern Coterie Summit, but right on its heels comes another of my favorite southern happenings and I wanted to share it here with y’all!

I’m talking about the Southern Food Writing Conference, taking place May 16th & 17th in Knoxville, Tennessee. This wonderful event, in its second year, brings together food writers, bloggers, authors, and food enthusiasts from all walks of life. Here’s what one blogger (whose photo I used above) had to say about last year’s event.

Some of the speakers for this year’s SFWC include Julia Reed (who needs no introduction), chef & author Hugh Acheson, and the writing/cooking team of Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, whose latest book Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is a must-have for any southerner and/or chef.

In addition to each day’s educational/networking sessions there are special evening events, including a private dinner at Blackberry Farm. There’s also a separate event with a special mystery guest….last year’s was Alton Brown and this year is going to be someone just as amazing.

Registration info for SFWC is available here and I hope you’ll consider attending!

We can all hang out at The Southern C Summit and then turn around and spend another few days together at SFWC…sounds like a good plan, huh?

The other exciting thing coming up in May is the International Biscuit Festival. Also in Knoxville, this event is a companion to the Southern Food Writing Conference and takes place the following Saturday, May 18th.

Biscuit Fest is a whole jam packed day that’s a celebration of all things biscuit. From biscuit bake-offs to a biscuit singing competition, tastings, vendors and more, attendees are sure to have a blast.

I have to tell y’all that I’m helping with the planning of these events, so that’s partly why I’m so excited. But even if I weren’t, I’d still attend.

What other fun southern events are you looking forward to around the region? I’m also a huge fan of the Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburgh, TN. What’s your favorite food festival or event? I’d love to add some new ones to my calendar!


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Kate Spears is a self-proclaimed Southern belle who grew up in a tiny town near Nashville, but now calls Knoxville home. She graduated from the University of Tennessee (Big Orange Country!) with an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s in public relations & advertising. In 2009, she started her blog, Southern Belle Simple, with the simple hope of giving herself a creative outlet. She continues to be amazed each time it leads to a new opportunity and cherishes the relationships that are formed along the way.

Kate is passionate about family history, time-honored traditions, and her Southern heritage. Her people hail from across the South, from the Lone Star State of Texas to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She grew up spending summers on her great-grandparents’ Tennessee farm where she developed a deep appreciation and admiration for people who could coax beautiful and delicious things out of a mound of dirt. She comes from faithful men, devoted women, hard workers and wickedly good cooks.

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