Set for Saturday, May 5, the fourth annual Granville Cornbread and Moonshine Festival will be the historic Jackson County community’s largest ever.
According to event organizers, members of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail have taken over the moonshine half of the festival. The trail features distilleries from across the Volunteer State, and six will be featured in Granville: Wilson County’s own Jugg Creek, George Dickel, Old Glory, H.Clark, Short Mountain and Old Forge. Each will offer a sampling of their products from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The only whiskey consumption allowed will be small samples.
The festival will also include an operational old-time moonshine still and, at 2 p.m., Dr. Op Miller will share stories of Dry Hollow Moonshine. Storytelling will also be offered by Leon Jeans at 11 a.m. Others, including Arno Hatcher of Celina, will also share stories of moonshiners past throughout the day. Granville’s Whistle Stop Saloon will feature an exhibit on noted Granville moonshiner Hop T. Lee.
The fourth annual cornbread festival, meanwhile, will feature great competitions in numerous categories, including traditional cornbread, non-traditional cornbread and cornbread/moonshine dish. Traditional and non-traditional cornbread must be made in a large cast iron skillet but brought, unsliced, in a disposable dish. No cornbread sticks or muffins are allowed. The cornbread/moonshine dish must contain cornmeal and moonshine in the recipe and work as a main dish, casserole or dessert in a 9x13 disposable aluminum container. The recipe must be submitted with each entry in each category, and all entries will be served on Cornbread Lane for lunch. Prizes in each category are $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place. Each participant will receive a bag of cornmeal from Eller Grist Mill and a prize from Lodge Skillet Company.
Situated in Granville’s Pioneer Village, Cornbread Lane will also feature pinto beans with ham, turnip greens and cobbler in addition to samples of cornbread contest entries. Throughout the day, craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares while Tex R Cana Band provides live entertainment. An old-time bank robbery is also scheduled and will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. across from Sutton General Store.
For a complete schedule of the day’s events or to learn more about Granville, visit granvilletn.com.