18th Annual National Cornbread Festival


Every year our tiny hometown hosts the National Cornbread Festival, a weekend of fun, fellowship, and food! Please visit for more history and details about this year's festival, and if you would like to enter the National Cornbread Cook-Off, see below for details. We hope to see you in April!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 9, 2014) — It’s time once again to up the ante on your creative cooking skills in the kitchen. Martha White® and Lodge® Cast Iron are searching the nation for the best original main dish cornbread recipes in the 18th Annual National Cornbread Cook-Off. 

Now through February 28, 2014, consumers can submit an original main dish recipe prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread Mix and cooked in Lodge® Cast Iron cookware. Ten finalists will be selected to compete during the National Cornbread Festival® on April 26, 2014 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. 

Along with the coveted cast iron skillet crown, the Cook-Off champion will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range (a $3,250 value) from FiveStar® Professional Cooking Equipment, a division of Brown Stove Works, Inc., and special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron.

The second prize winner will receive $1,500 and the third prize winner will receive $1,000. The remaining seven finalists will walk away with $150 and all finalists will receive a $500 travel reimbursement and a gift basket courtesy of Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron.

For complete details, Official Rules and to complete the entry form for the contest, visit The National Cornbread Cook-Off is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 years or older. Void where prohibited.

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  • jesus gonzalez

    February 6, 2014

    ive been a welder an electrician an hvac tech and a business owner [slave } all my life . but grace has brought me home to care for my dad. so my wife runs the day to day and I cook on my lodges everyday . life is a little more tasty with companies like yours . con mucho amor , gracias

  • james DeVore

    December 12, 2013

    What you need to come out with is a 12 inch or bigger polished skillet like Griswold made in the past. If you do make it I'll be online to buy a few!

  • Anonymous

    November 2, 2013

    I have a glass top stove too. I am careful but I use all my cast iron on it. If my stove brakes I'll get a new stove, but I have been using cast on it for 6-10 years and it works great. I also can on it. Just no slamming!

  • Sheila Oakes

    October 18, 2013

    I would love to see you put out a round cauldron pot with legs in 2 or 3 sizes. I also wished you put out some large oval or rectangular casseroles or roasting pans with lids. I collect your cast iron and recently purchased some new pieces. I would love to have some of your enameled iron but I am concerned about them being made in China. I have avoided buying any cookware made in China because I am not certain how well they follow American manufacturing codes about contaminants in the metal. I really wish yours was made in the U.S.

  • Susan Thorpe

    September 1, 2013

    I have an older cast iron skillet that worked great on a gas stove, but I now have an electric glass cooktop. Can I safely use my cast iron skillet without scratching the glass cooktop?

  • Adam Hills

    June 18, 2013

    I collect cast iron and own several pieces from Lodge. I think the one I like the most is the #14 Skillet and cover. I would love to see a 13-15 inch oval fish skillet and cover as well as corndog fryer with clips. Lets have some fun with cast iron!

  • Monte Church

    May 25, 2013

    I collect cast iron cookware because I believe food tastes better out of a pure, old cast pot or skillet. It reminds me if a more simple time. Maybe not a better time but parts of it need preserving. I just bought a new Lodge 900 pot. It is 8 inches deepand I'll be eating some stew from it shortly. M m m, I can't wait.

  • Siegy Kaufmann

    October 31, 2012

    Sounds exiting ,could use same on yearly fishing trip,need perfect price quote as well on 17" L17SK3 skillet,no close outlets available.

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