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By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's one of the most delicious times of year once again, as downtown Knoxville is transformed into a biscuit-lovers paradise.
The International Biscuit Festival made its way back to town this week, wrapping up on Saturday.
Dozens of restaurants showcased their Signature Biscuits and competed for top honors, as thousands of people turned out to get their taste buds on the unique biscuit creations.
Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville was standing room only Saturday, filled to the brim with biscuits and the people who love them.
"It's warm and it's a comfort food," said Kelly Burnett of Knoxville.
Market Street was even renamed Biscuit Boulevard for the three day food festival, dedicated solely to the southern staple.
20 local restaurants brought out their best offerings to the tasting area of Biscuit Boulevard, handing out samples and trying to win over even the most discerning of palates.
"It's a good old southern thing," said Catherine Hallman, whose group from the culinary program at Walters State Community College cooked up bananas foster biscuits.
Each biscuit buff got to sample five different varieties of the soul food.
"There's something about East Tennessee and breakfast," said Bobby Haines of Knoxville, sampling with his wife.
"We came last year when I was pregnant and it was really good so we came back this year," said Burnett.
There was something for everyone, from sweet to salty, buttered to deep fried, even filled and topped with just about everything.
"It's really amazing the different kinds of biscuits they have here," said Hallman.
"You get full so you really have to choose wisely when you pick your biscuits. This is my grand finale biscuit," said Haines.
This annual event is something people of all ages look forward to.
"My wife really likes biscuits. It's one of her favorite things. She has it circled on the calendar," said Haines.
Biscuit Fest 2013 truly is a festival like no other honoring the country kitchen classic that can't be beat.
"I ate and I ate and I ate. My husband was like are we gonna make it back to the car," said Burnett.