Kentucky is famous the world over for thoroughbred horses, great music and great food. Throughout the Bluegrass State there are plenty of festivals celebrating both of them! The small town charm, historic architecture, and world-class craftmanship on display in Berea, Kentucky during the Spoonbread Festival attract visitors from all over the world. The Spoonbread Festival celebrates its 14th anniversary in 2010 and, as usual, provides three fun-filled days for the entire family. The Spoonbread Festival offers a wide range of activities in the historic town of Berea - the self proclaimed Arts and Crafts capital of Kentucky.
Spoonbread is a rich, but light cornmeal based bread from the 1800s Appalachian region. Traditionally served with a wooden spoon, it remains a staple at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant in downtown Berea. Already boasting some of the finest craftspeople in the world, Berea organized the Spoonbread Festival to not only celebrate this wonderful food, but to celebrate the potters, weavers, instrument makers, jewelry makers and other traditional craftsmen and artists that have made Berea famous the world over.
Berea was recently named one of the Top 25 Art Destinations by AmericanStyle magazine. The Spoonbread Festival continues to grow each year as more people discover the beauty of the town, people and arts & crafts made here. For many people, this is the first time sampling spoonbread and it offers a great chance to enjoy the good-natured competitions in the town during the festival over which time-honored recipe is best. The real winner is the person who gets to sample all the delicious breads!
The Spoonbread Festival is generally scheduled in the late summer and early fall. The downtown affair is easily accessible and is within walking distance of many great historic buildings and the campus of Berea College. This three day event is a great chance to discover the joy of Spoonbread and the offerings of this historic town. Antiques shops abound as do countless craft shops around the town square and don't forget the fine dining to be found. There are restaurants and food establishments to suit many moods and budgets.
The diverse offerings of activities at the Spoonbread Festival means that every family member will find something to enjoy. Classic car and antique tractor shows, fine arts, crafts, food, jewelry, hot air balloons, 5K runs and 1 mile walks, kiddie areas with carnival rides, motorcycle rallies, a cornhole tournament, musical entertainment in many styles, historic architecture and small town charm are just some of the things that await any visitor to the Spoonbread Festival. The delicious spoonbread cannot be forgotten either! Featured in many magazines and travel guides to Kentucky this is a great destination for anyone who has not visited Berea or attended the Spoonbread Festival before. Whether you are new to travelling Kentucky and experiencing real southern hospitality or a life-long resident, the Spoonbread Festival is a great showcase of Kentucky pride. What are you waiting for? There is no better time!