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2014 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010)

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July 2-13, 2014  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 4, 2014 - 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 19, 2014  Bucks, Ducks and BBQ Cook-Off - Conway, Arkansas
The Arkansas Outdoors Expo is proud to introduce a new barbeque cooking contest to the expo in 2014: Bucks, Ducks & BBQ. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and classified as an official State Championship by Gov. Mike Beebe, Ducks and BBQ will have teams vie for the ultimate in culinary bragging rights–and even bigger prize money.

July 24-46, 2014  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!
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July 25-26, 2014  31st 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 7-9, 2014  38th 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 7-9, 2014  35th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival
Cave City, Arkansas
Entertainment, parade, contests, and a watermelon feast. A rind thumpin' good time!

September 13, 2014  World Championship Squirrel Cook Off
Bentonville, Arkansas
Our event is the finest wild game cook off, anywhere. We focus on the ability of the team to create a meal out of the other brown meat squirrel (limb chicken/Tree Bacon). The teams are made up of 2 or 3 individuals who will combine squirrel (80% of the total meat) along with whatever other ingredients to create an entrée along with a side item. In past years we have had teams turn in dishes such as—tamales, pizza, sausage, cashew squirrel, stir-fry, gumbo, dumplings, fried, squirrel eggrolls, and many other amazing dishes.  We have had teams from across the country compete for the title, so far 11 states have had representation.  All of the squirrels are harvested using legal means and methods, teams shall provide their own meat, supplies and decoration. Special help can be given for meat supply if traveling across the country. Corporate sponsorship is available.


2013 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

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
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 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.
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2012 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

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.

September 8, 2012  Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cookoff
Bull Shoals, Arkansas
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 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.


2011 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

August 19-20, 2011  ValleyFest 2011 - Russellville, Arkansas
The River Valley's premier festival with all proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs. Lots of Entertainment and fun - BBQ Cook-off, Fishing Derby, Horseshoes, etc

September 9-11, 2011  Pinnacle Hills Arts & Food Festival
Rogers, Arkansas
A juried art show and sale, the annual event presents fine artists from across the USA and showcases the region's best chefs. A street festival atmosphere of art, music, food, and green living.

Sept 26-Oct 1, 2011  67th SW Arkansas District Livestock Show & Rodeo
Hope, Arkansas
PRCA rodeo, livestock show, plant show, arts & crafts, food preservation, horticulture, commercial exhibits, food, large carnival, queen contest and talent show.


2010 ARKANSAS: July, August & September 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

September 11, 2010  Ozark Harvest Food Festival - Fayetteville, Arkansas
This event will increase public education, awareness, and access to local foods for the local families in Northwest Arkansas as well as serve as an experimental tool for chefs, restaurants, and farmers.



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