We have talked and talked and talked about cornbread this week; of course, the main reason is the inaugural Arkansas Cornbread Festival, coming up Saturday on South Main Street near and around the Bernice Garden.

It really has grown over the past couple of months. Hard to believe the seeds of this festival were planted back in June. Now with a sturdy list of sponsors, musical acts such as Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Kent Burnside and the New Generation, celebrity judges like Crescent Dragonwagon and Lawrence Hamilton and what should be a very interesting and varied selection of professional and amateur competitors who hope to take home that $500 prize, it’s apparent that this is the right time for cornbread in Arkansas.

Which is why the Arkansas Times has a Natives Guide for you this week on cornbread — some of the best restaurant cornbread we’ve found. From Rogers to Pine Bluff to Prescott, we’ve covered the state.


Everyone has a recipe to share… do you have one? It’s not too late to contribute your own. Ya want, you can check out a couple of my favorites. Cornbread’s likely to be coming out of our ears by the time this is all over. Ah, what a lovely thing to have happen.