National Cornbread Festival

Submit Your Recipe to the 2018 Cook-Off!

By Lodge Cast iron / December 1, 2017


The 2018 National Cornbread Cook-off is now accepting recipe contest entries! Win $5,000 in cash and other great prizes by submitting an original recipe for main dish cornbread. We now accept entries from bloggers. Details below!

Each year during the last full weekend in April our hometown of South Pittsburg, Tennessee lights up to celebrate a staple in the Southern kitchen: cornbread. As a part of the National Cornbread Festival, Lodge sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-off, a search for the nation's best main dish cornbread recipe.

Entries for the 22nd annual Cook-Off require that your original main dish recipe be prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread Mix and be cooked in Lodge Cast Iron cookware. Lodge will select ten finalists to compete live on stage during the National Cornbread Festival on April 28, 2018. Recipe entries will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

Click here to learn more about the Cook-Off and to submit your recipe!


In addition to the best cook-off trophy around, the coveted 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, as well as special gifts from Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron.

The second place winner will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $1,000. The remaining two finalists walk away with $150. All finalists receive up to $500 travel reimbursement and a gift basket courtesy of Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron.

The National Cornbread Festival offers a full weekend of family-friendly fun that includes live entertainment, a carnival, and more than 50 food and crafts vendors in addition to all the delicious cornbread there is to taste! Visitors can also stop by the historic Princess Theatre to enjoy a variety of exhibits, view classic cars at the Cruise-In, and tour the Lodge Cast Iron foundry.

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