The inaugural National Banana Pudding Festival and Cook-off, celebrating the ultimate comfort food, will be held October 2, 2010 at the Hickman County Ag Pavilion. The Ag Pavilion is located next to Grinder’s Switch Rail Station, the inspiration for Minnie Pearl’s factious town. Sarah Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl was born and raised in Hickman County.
The Banana Pudding Festival is the result of twelve Red Cross volunteers seeking a way to earn funds as opposed to begging for them to cover the costs of helping victims of disasters, fires, tornadoes and floods, in Hickman County. In September 2009 they incorporated the National Banana Pudding Festival as a non-profit corporation and set about bringing the dream to reality.
The one-day event will include, in addition to a national cook-off for the best banana pudding in America, two stages with entertainment, a children’s area, food and craft booths, and the Puddin’ Path where you can sample different types of banana pudding. In addition to the festival a car show and quilt show will be held the same day. For more information go to the National Banana Pudding Festival on Facebook. Our website is under construction but should be up soon at www.bananapuddingfest.org.