Our very own Daniel Walker did a little snooping and found out this nugget from Slader Marshall, owner of Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co. up in Searcy. Looks like things are about to go mobile. Says Marshall, “The truck should be finished next week. We have all our licenses and the interior is completely finished with just a couple small things to do to the outside that will be finished in the next few days. We are just setting up our schedule of where we will be around town right now. So just finishing up the final steps!” From the sound of things, the truck will primarily reside in Little Rock.
The Arkansas Brewers Fest is set for July 18 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Arkansas State Fair. There will be sample brews from around the Natural State at this fundraiser for the Arkansas Brewers Guild. Regular admission (includes entry and 10 sample tickets) is $9.99 during online pre-sale and $15 at the gate. VIP admission (includes entry, 25 sample tickets, and souvenir tasting glass) is $19.99 during online pre-sale and $30 at the gate. Free, secure parking available within the Arkansas State Fair complex and food will be available for purchase.
Parkway Place Baptist Church (300 Parkway Park Dr.) is having a block party this Sunday, June 28 from noon-2 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, pet parade, climbing wall, inflatables and lots of food trucks. The lineup includes: The Pie Hole, Katmandu MoMo, Fork in the Road, Hot Rod Wieners, Black Hound BBQ and Le Pops.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have Anthony Bourdain come to Little Rock? Daniel Walker seems to think so … and he makes his case for it right here.
Looks like we have a new-ish food truck in the area.
The LRCVB is running a sweepstakes to give away four summer vacation packages designed to appeal to both out-of-town visitors and residents of the Little Rock area. Themed prize packages include: “Family Fun” Package: June 1 – June 19; “Presidential Pathways” Package: June 22 – July 10; “Little Rock Libations” Foodie Package: July 13 – July 31; “Dinner and a Show/Downtown Date Night” Package: Aug. 3 – Aug. 21. For more details, click here.
Did someone say bacon? It’s never too early to start dreaming about the Little Rock Bacon Fest.
Dugan’s Pub is hosting its Inaugural Human Foosball Tournament on Saturday, June 27. And no, that’s not a typo … “human foosball.”
Are you ready for some catfish, craft beer, and fun in Arkadelphia? Arktoberfest is coming October 10! Here’s what to expect: the opportunity to sample craft beers from around the state, a catfish dinner with all the fixings prepared by teams competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes, food trucks, running and cycling events with cash prizes, pumpkin catapulting, a beard competition, kids’ activities, Arkansas-made products from artisans all across the state, the Arkansas vs. Alabama game on a huge screen, and much more! Tickets go on sale June 15th!
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Speaking of libations … “Join Central Arkansas’s best bartenders for the FIRST ANNUAL MASTER MIX-OFF bartending competition, a rip-roaring good time celebrating prohibition-era mixology!!! Eight of Central Arkansas’s best bartenders will mix for the masses with a prohibition-era drink, hoping to win the “People’s Choice” Award. Then our “best in the business” judges will judge a second round of mixing, where bartenders will serve an updated, modern version of their favorite prohibition-era drink. All proceeds benefit the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, which works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. HPAA MEMBERS RECEIVE A $5 DISCOUNT on an unlimited number of tickets. Use coupon code HPAA2015. You MUST be a member to receive discount; otherwise tickets will be cancelled.”
Be sure to check out the cool upcoming lineup of cooking classes at Eggshells. Chef Matt Bell is making brunch on July 18 and Sarah Eaton DeClerk of Ann Potter Baking shows you how to do some killer cookie decorating with her class on July 23.
Loblolly Creamery, located inside the Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain at 1423 Main Street, will host an Ice Cream Happy Hour on July 9 from 5-7 p.m. featuring handcrafted sodas, ice cream and boozy floats using Rock Town spirits, and a portion of the sales will benefit Thea Foundation. “All ages are invited to the happy hour, and kids and adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks with chalk. During the month of July, Loblolly Creamery will serve a special flavor in honor of Thea Foundation. The seasonal Blueberry Pie ice cream is a decadent treat made with real blueberries and swirled with chunks of pie crust. Ten percent of the sales of this flavor all through July will benefit Thea Foundation, and 10% of the total sales at the Loblolly Creamery Happy Hour July 9 will benefit Thea. Everyone who joins us at the Ice Cream Happy Hour is invited to enter a free raffle to win a pint of Blueberry Pie ice cream.”
A special market and festival is coming to Bernice Garden on July 2. “A Very Veggie Fourth of July” will be free and open to the public and will serve to celebrate Little Rock’s vibrant and varied food culture. The festival aims to inspire both vegetarians and omnivores alike by showcasing fun, local, vegetarian dishes to serve at their 4th of July celebrations. Vendors include: Stone’s Throw Brewing, Kent Walker Cheese, The Veg LLC, Soulfood Catering, Box Pupoli, Pup Eats Treats and Geri’s Jellies. Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.
Local Food Truck Clean Eatery has an opening date for their store front that we told you about last month. Everything is set for an official opening on July 7th in Stratton’s Market, next to Dugan’s pub in the River Market Tower.
And finally … this from chef/owner Capi Peck of Trio’s: “We at Trio’s are so excited that summer is here. All the great produce almost makes the heat bearable. More and more local fruits and vegetables are showing up on our menu daily. Right now we are featuring the following locally grown items from six different farming families: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, four varieties of heirloom tomatoes, red and green cabbage, cucumbers, pattypan and zephyr squash, all sorts of herbs, fairytale eggplant, green frill lettuce, okra, sun/gold tomatoes, sweet onions, peaches, potatoes and corn. And we’re looking forward to the legumes, peppers and melons just around the corner. I am committed to buying everything I possibly can from local farmers. It tastes so much better and helps support an important part of our local economy.”