Through Irish Eyes: National Cornbread Championships

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 5/24/2013 2:57 pm
SOUTH PITTSBURGH, TN, (WDEF)
Thousands descended on South Pittsburgh as Cornbread was the food of choice, 
for those of us who didn't grow up with southern cuisine Cornbread is exotic.

Tennessee Cornbread maker,"I feel sorry for you cause you never had had cornbread before, you just don't know what you missed"

Cornbread makers take their work very seriously.

Local musicians took to the streets and performed while thousands sampled the variety of food and culture.

Visitors and eaters gave us their take.

Chicago native traveled down for the event,"I love it man I'm having a heck of a time. it's a blast"

Local South Pittsburgh enthusiast, "This is cornbread salad and its always one of everybody's favorites when they come to the cornbread festival and everybody likes the cornbread salad a lot so you have to get up here early to get cornbread salad because it sells out every year".

Some people were so excited they just danced the cornbread out of their system.

It seems the key to Cornbread's success is its versatility.

"Had it with broccoli, had it with everything, put bacon in it, broccoli, vegetables anything you want you can put in Cornbread"

My guide and cornbread expert summed up the whole weekend,.

"Cornbread is good, you can't have beans without cornbread, it's not right to have greens without cornbread, you just have to have cornbread

So there you have it, one town mad for Cornbread, thanks to the support of local meteorologist Megan Wise and Director of News broadcasting Jacob Henson the event and the MC'ing went well.

 Southern Food, Through Irish Eyes, maybe cornbread is the key to preventing the next potato famine.

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