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Natchez Biscuit Festival Saturday

 

NATCHEZ — Locals and visitors can jam it up to sweet tunes while spreading jams on Southern treats at the Natchez Biscuit Festival, which is returning Saturday with an inaugural Songwriters Showcase added to the mix.

Event founder and renowned chef Regina Charboneau started the Natchez Biscuit Festival two years ago, when downtown Natchez was kneaded into “biscuit alley” as professional and amateur chefs competitively showcased their biscuit-baking skills in a cook-off event.

The biscuits return to Natchez this Saturday at the Downtown Natchez Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the 300 block of South Broadway Street and will be joined by local singers and Hailey Steele from NBC’s “The Voice,” who will provide live entertainment.

Attendance to the festival is free, Charboneau said, and attendees have the option to purchase biscuits from local vendors. Tickets are $5 for two, which may buy tasters one or two biscuits depending on the vendors’ price, she said.

Locals will be categorized according to age and skill-level and compete in biscuit competitions, Charboneau said.

Later Saturday evening, the singers will make their way to Biscuits & Blues restaurant on Main Street for the Songwriters Showcase starting at 7 p.m.

The cost to attend the showcase is $10 at the door. Proceeds will be used toward the continuation of the event in years to come, Charboneau said.

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