2012 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates
July 10-15, 2012 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 14, 2012 Grapes, Grains, and Growls - Little Rock, Arkansas
Over 100 different wines and about 100 different beers will be available for sampling. Proceeds will benefit the Pulaski County Humane Society and the North Little Rock Friends of Animals.
July 19-22, 2012 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!
July 27-28, 2012 29th 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 9-11, 2012 36th 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 10-12, 2012 33rd Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival - Cave City, Arkansas
Entertainment, parade, contests, and a watermelon feast. A rind thumpin' good time!
August 18, 2012 Arkansas Great Steak Cook-Off - Conway, Arkansas
Fire up your grill as Saturday afternoon as the Arkansas Outdoors Expo turns tasty with the 2nd 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.
August 31-Sept 2, 2012 Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race - Clinton, Arkansas
Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, barn dances. Attendance: 20,000.
September 8, 2012 Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cookoff - Bull Shoals, Ark.
Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as cooks turn up the heat. Co-sponsored by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club. Contact the state park for further details.
September 10, 2012 21st 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 13, 2012 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 14, 2012 Wine and Food Festival - Little Rock, Arkansas
Join Wildwood Park for the Arts and revel in over 150 specially selected wines and artful edibles created by the area's finest chefs and restaurants.
September 14-15, 2012 Smoke on the Water Arkansas Barbecue Championship
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
The eleventh annual Arkansas State Barbecue Championship. Considered the largest contest in the state with a guaranteed purse of $15,000, the Arkansas champion's purse of $2,500 is one of the largest on the competition circuit. We're also spreading the love by paying top five overall and through ten places in all four categories. The Arkansas State Barbecue Championship is held at Regional Park surrounded by the Arkansas River and Lake Langhofer. $15,000 prize money, 100% certified judges and great amenities that are second to none. To be the best you have to beat the best.
September 18, 2012 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 19-20, 2012 AHA Convention and Trade Show - Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Hospitality Association
September 27, 2012 19th 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 1,000 attendees. (also: www.arkansas.com/events/ )