In An OnGOInG effort to offer something
for every visitor, Sunbelt Ag expo has added
a variety of cooking demonstrations in recent
years that are conducted daily by some of the
South’s best chefs.
These are held in the Family living building, Georgia Department of Agriculture
Georgia Grown building, and in the Fish
Ponds exhibit tent.
The Family living building is where you’ll
find lauri Jo’s popular Southern Style Cooking
Stage. Daily cooking demonstrations at 11
a.m. and 1 p.m. will highlight dishes from
this year’s theme, “Kiss the Cook — Keep It
Simple and Southern.” The dynamic duo of
lauri Jo bennett and layne Varnedoe will
delight audiences with southern favorites
made with Georgia Grown products and
highlighted with comedic relief. They will be
joined by Paige brown of Paige brown Arts
The Family living building is a favorite stop
for expo visitors, offering over 175 different
exhibitors, with unique products for home,
garden, and kitchen. You’ll find the Taste of
GeORGIA Marketplace, a specialty
shopping area, located adjacent
to the Cooking stage. Marketplace
exhibits feature Georgia Made and
Georgia Grown products.
Join executive Chef
holly Chute in the Georgia
Department of Agriculture
and Farm bureau building
to experience Georgia’s
no. 1 industry as you’ve
never seen it before. You’ll
have an opportunity to
learn about the Seasons
and Faces of Georgia Agri-
culture, view informative
videos from agribusiness-
es across the state, and get great
recipes and cooking tips.
Chef holly, as she is affection-
ately known, will demonstrate
preparation of school lunch
favorites, apple pecan pancakes,
candied bacon, chicken and grits,
and chicken wings. Sit and watch her serve
up her food magic Tuesday and Wednesday
at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and Thursday
at 11 a.m.
When most people think about preparing
catfish, they think of one way — the south-
ern way, and that’s fried! Although that’s
delicious, Chef Chris Wilton wants visitors to
expand their recipe collections with other
ways to prepare u. S. Farm-Raised catfish.
Chef Chris grew up on the Gulf Coast near
Dog River, and since he was 13 years old has
been cooking and catering with his dad’s
catering business at Mobile, Ala. In 2006, he
started his own family catering business at
It’s a treat to have him cook for expo
visitors, and you’ll find him in the aquacul-
ture area, F- 8. Taste his scrumptious recipes
on Tuesday at 10: 45 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m.,
Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. and 12 noon, and
Thursday at 11 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m. Selections
— all made with catfish — include breakfast sausage, egg rolls, boudin, steam buns,
Johnny cakes, and tikki masala.
At expo: Savory tastes all over the showgrounds
Fla., will be competing with her dog Gwyn.
Cattaneo says Gwyn is almost two years old
and is rambunctious, but willing to give up
anything for a chance to work sheep. On
one occasion while training Gwyn, Cattaneo
recalls that her dog rescued a ewe that
decided to take a swim in a large pond.
Patricia bacskay of lucama, n.C., will
be competing with her dog Ryll. bacskay
says Ryll arrived on a flight from Idaho at
Kennedy Airport in new York City on a rainy,
windy evening. The young dog fell asleep
on her lap on the way home, and still sleeps
on bacskay’s bed. She describes her dog as
quiet and sweet — until she gets out in a
field of sheep.
billy bishop of Inverness, Fla., will be
competing with his dogs libby and Peg. he
says libby is competing for the second year
in the open competition. “She is a gift from
God, and she knows more about herding
than I do. My grandmother gave her to me
as a gift.” Peg is three years old. “A good
friend insisted I try her, and she has been
with me since October,” says bishop. “She is
a great addition to my team.”
The American Grand Finals are sanctioned
by the u.S. border Collie handlers Association,
and participants can earn points in Georgia
Stock Dog Association-sanctioned trials.
expo also extends thanks to the Agri-life
Council at Abraham baldwin Agricultural
College for their assistance during the trials.
Shepard says AbAC students help by sorting
and penning sheep at the far end of the field
from where visitors sit.
As in past years, the American Grand
Finals are sponsored by Tyson Steel building
Products and Sunbelt Ag expo.