2013 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010)
JULY 4, 2013 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 9-14, 2013 Fleur Delicious Weekend - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Fleur Delicious Weekend is a Celebration of all the Senses: Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch. A French themed weekend with a street fair atmosphere where lodging, boutiques, spas, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and music venues participate with French inspired indulgences in Food, Wine, Spririts, Art and Entertainment.
July 20-21, 2013 Arkansas Great Steak Cook-Off - Conway, Arkansas
Fire up your grill as as the Arkansas Outdoors Expo turns tasty with the 3rd annual Arkansas Great Steak Cook-off. Gather up a team and try your hand at cash and prizes, or just bring your appetite and purchase steaks from the cooking teams.
July 25-28, 2013 Annual Johnson County Peach Festival - Clarksville, Arkansas
The oldest outdoor festival in Arkansas. Peach eating contest and a peach cobbler, jam and jelly bake-off; gospel music on Court Square, arts and crafts, 4 mile run, frog jump contest and more! (also: https://sites.google.com/site/johnsoncountypeachfestival/ )
July 26-27, 2013 30th Annual Altus Grape Fest - Altus, Arkansas
Come join the fun in Altus, the Arkansas Wine Capital. Grape stomp contests, Bacchus look-alike contest, fireworks, street dance, grape pie-eating contest, wine making contests and more!
August 8-10, 2013 37th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival - Hope, Arkansas
Watermelon Olympics, melon judging & auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and Southwest Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show. Attendance: 50,000
August 8-10, 2013 34th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival
Cave City, Arkansas
Entertainment, parade, contests, and a watermelon feast. A rind thumpin' good time!
August 9, 2013 Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry - Little Rock, Arkansas
Building on the success of the first No Kid Hungry Little Rock event in 2012, we are excited to bring our second annual No Kid Hungry Little Rock event to the Capital Hotel. The event will be a tasting style throughout the mezzanine area of the hotel. Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry events feature some of the nation’s most renowned chefs joining together to end childhood hunger in America. This year, we’re inviting the top chefs from around the South to join us in Little Rock.
August 30-Sept 1, 2013 Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race
Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, barn dances.
September 7, 2013 Arkansas Antique Tractor and Engine Show - Scott, Arkansas
Witness the early machines that plowed, pumped, and drove us into the 20th century. Exhibits feature vintage tractors, single-piston engines, early implements and farm machines. Plantation Agriculture Museum.
September 12, 2013 Chefs in the Garden - Fayetteville, Arkansas
Held at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, the event combines the beauty of lovely gardens with demonstrations and samplings from local chefs, music from one of the area's favorite bands, and a small silent auction.
September 13-14, 2013 Smoke on the Water Arkansas Barbecue Championship
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Are you the master of your grilling domain? Now’s your chance to see who’s Arkansas’ Grilling Guru when it comes to great barbecue ribs. The 12th annual Smoke on the Water Ribba-Ramma presented by Miller Lite, is an amateur competition created especially for the weekend warrior and backyard griller. With $5,000 in prize money, professional judging and scoring. This is serious business! There's also a people’s choice award with a $500 winner take all prize.
September 17, 2013 Annual Arkansas Chefs Culinary Classic - Little Rock, Arkansas
Ready, Set, Cook and WIN. The Arkansas Hospitality Association hosts an annual culinary competition to showcase Arkansas' Chefs. Chefs may compete in four categories: Soup/Salad, Dessert, Entree, or Appetizer. Each chef must provide a presentation plate, three judging plates, and 250 tastings of each entry for the culinary dinner. Guests can purchase tickets to try the entries for $45 per person. Wine and beer tasting, along with the after party, are included in that price.
September 18-19, 2013 AHA Convention and Trade Show - Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Lodging Association and the Arkansas Travel Council join together for the 2013 Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention and Trade Show
September 26, 2013 20th Annual Taste of the Town - North Little Rock, Arkansas
Taste of the Town has become one of the area’s leading business networking events with more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and drink distributors participating and over 1,200 attendees. (also: www.arkansas.com/events/ )