New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South Main Business Improvements!
Amateur and professional cornbread entries and side dishes are judged by everyone with a tasting ticket at the festival as well as a panel of celebrity judges — with the winners of both categories winning $1,000! Along South Main, vendors display and sell Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts of all sorts. Yummy food trucks will also be on hand.
Musical acts The Wildflower Revue, the Akeem Kemp Band, Grace Stormont and local musicians Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon will be on site to entertain us! There will also be an acoustic open mic hosted by Buh Jones. Local blues musician Charlotte Taylor will be MC’ing.
Music, enticing aromas and the promise of family fun has drawn thousands each year to downtown Little Rock for the last six Arkansas Cornbread Festivals. This year’s promises to be bigger and better. After all, bonding over cornbread is a Southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of SoMa, you’ll have to come back for more!
Visit the ACF website at http://www.arkansascornbreadfestival.com for for more information, as well as vendor and competitor applications… see you there!
Celebrity judges include Robert Harper from Sunflour, Kevin Shalin, author of The Mighty Rib, Lacy Thacker from the Arkansas Times, Chanley Painter from KARK 4 News and Michael Kirkpatrick from AY Magazine.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival 2017 sponsors:
Sunflour, Bray Sheet Metal Co., Heifer International, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Bernice Garden, KUAR FM 89.1, Klre FM Classical 90.5, Stripe, Local Magazine, Esse Purse Museum, The Green Corner Store, SparkFit, Sweet Home Furnishings, BankcorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The H Group Real Estate and Property Management, Nayles Medical Center, Townley Pool & Spa Supplies
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