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2012 Arkansas Cornbread Festival Recap

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Music, enticing aromas and the promise of family fun drew 3,000 people to downtown Little Rock on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the Second Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival.

The festival, on the 13th through 16th blocks of South Main, not only attracts people to the South Main Street area and highlights all the neighborhood’s progress, but it also encourages patrons to return to eat, shop, tour and visit often. After all, bonding over cornbread is a southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of South Main, you’ll have to come back for more.

The 2012 cornbread and side dish entries were judged by everyone attending the festival as well as a panel of celebrity judges. Along South Main, vendors displayed and sold Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts of all sorts.

FunDunk provided a Kids’ Area, and Oxford American magazine sponsored the music, which included the bands Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, Buffalo City Ramblers, Tsar Bomba, Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Don’t Stop Please.

 

The 2012 Cornbread Festival Winners:

Best in Show – Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith
Prizes: $500, trophy and a gift basket

Best Professional Traditional – Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith
Prizes: $100, T-shirt and a gift basket

Best Professional Non-Traditional – Loblolly Creamery
Prizes: $100, T-shirt and a gift basket

Best Professional Sweet – Brown Sugar Bake Shop
Prizes: $100, T-shirt and a gift basket

Best Professional Overall – Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith
Prizes: $100, trophy and a gift basket

Best Side Item – The Root Cafe
Prizes: Trophy and a cast iron Dutch oven from Lodge Cast Iron

Best Amateur Non-Traditional – William Fisher
Prizes: $100, T-shirt and a gift basket

Best Amateur Traditional – Terry Wright
Prizes: $100, T-shirt and a gift basket

Best Amateur Overall – William Fisher
Prizes: $100, trophy and a gift basket

 

Big Thanks to Our Sponsors:

The Bernice Garden
FunDunk, Inc.
The Oxford American magazine
Historic Arkansas Museum
Pulaski Technical College
Golden Eagle of Arkansas
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bancorp South
Bray Sheet Metal
First Security Bank
Little Rock Recycles
Pinnacle Signs and Graphics
Streetz 101.1
UALR – William H. Bowen School of Law
Ashley Ann’s Event Planning Service
The H Group Real Estate
R & E Supply Co.
Edwards Food Giant
Flywrite Communications, Inc.
United Systems of Arkansas
Philander Smith College
Little Rock Historic Properties
Community Bakery
Lawson & Co. Graphics & Printing
Webster University – Little Rock Metropolitan Campus
Aristotle
Urban Bounty
Paul Page Dwellings, LLC
The Green Corner Store
Lodge Cast Iron
Stellar Sun
Mountain Valley Spring Water
Whole Foods – Little Rock
Arkansas Times
The Point 94.1
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership
KABF 88.3
@urban magazine

 

 

2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

 

The inaugural 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival attracted 2,600 people to the Bernice Garden and two blocks of South Main Street in downtown Little Rock on Saturday, November 5th. Mild temperatures, a sunny afternoon, more than 175 vendors, edible treats of all kinds, blues and folk music, activities for all ages, and plentiful cornbread and side dishes combined to triple expected attendance numbers for the festival.

“When we started planning this festival, we hoped for 800 to 1,000 people,” said Anita Davis, organizer of the festival and community advocate for South Main. “We were absolutely thrilled thousands of people from all over the city and the state came to see what makes South Main Street thrive.”

Winners in the 2011 Cornbread Competition are:

Best Overall Winner (Best in Show) – Terry Wright, who received $500, an apron, a blue ribbon and a gift basket.
Best Professional Winner – El Dorado’s Old South Cornbread, who received an invitation to the Fourth Annual New Orleans Roadfood Festival, $100 and a gift basket.
Best Amateur Winner – Terry Wright, who received $100 and a gift basket.
Best Professional, Traditional – Old South Cornbread, who received $50 and a t-shirt.
Best Professional, Non-Traditional – Loblolly Creamery, who received $50 and a t-shirt.
Best Amateur, Traditional – Terry Wright, who received $50 and a t-shirt.
Best Amateur, Non-Traditional – Johnny Reep, who received $50 and a t-shirt.
Best Amateur, Sweet – Ramona Cash, who received $50 and a t-shirt.

“Our sponsors, competitors, vendors, entertainers and volunteers pulled together like nothing I’ve seen before,” Davis said. “Cornbread is a unifier; people from every walk of life love it. Our mission was to promote community, and with all of the people, businesses and organizations that helped make this event a success, I think we achieved it.”

Planning for the 2012 Arkansas Cornbread Festival is underway. For more information, visit arkansascornbreadfestival.com, like us on Facebook, follow @ARCornbreadFest on Twitter, or contact Liz Sanders, event coordinator, at bernicegarden@gmail.com or call 501.617.2511.

For more information regarding the Cornbread Festival visit the website: arkansascornbreadfestival.com

the bernice garden vintage and craft market

Dates April 20, 2019 and June 22, 2019

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine (unless severe storms force cancellation)

Check our facebook page for updates/changes, especially if the weather is iffy.

No canceled dates will be rescheduled.

For more information please call 501-410-3938 Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m-4 p.m. or email desk@thebernicegarden.org