So, how'd things turn out? Terry Wright won the overall competition, taking the titles for best traditional amateur, best amateur and best overall cornbread for his "Cracklin' Cornbread." The folks with Old South Cornbread out of El Dorado won the best professional and the best professional traditional categories and will go on to represent the state of Arkansas with cornbread at the New Orleans Roadfood Festival next March. There was, surprisingly, no sweet cornbread winner. The other winners:
Best Amateur Traditional: Terry Wright
Best Amateur Non-Traditional: Johnny Reep
Best Amateur Sweet: Ramona Cash
Best Professional Traditional: Old South Cornbread
Best Professional Non-Traditional: Loblolly Creamery
I gotta tell you, about that last one — Loblolly Creamery did this one amazing sweet cornbread and served it up with berries and homemade buttermilk ice cream... oh my.
Something else. Though the crowd was far larger than expected, the first competitor didn't run out of cornbread until 1 p.m. — two hours after the event started. Most of the folks who competed brought plenty of extra cornbread.
And there was all the other free food too — free hot cocoa, free ham and free jalapeno cheddar pork and venison sausage, free rice, free gingerbread, free buttermilk and tea and muscadine juice. So much food. Of course, by the time the event wrapped up at 4 p.m. there was so very little left, and what was left over was donated here and there.
More later... when I recover. If I do.