Little Rock has gained quite a reputation for its food vibe. Both Southern Living and Food & Wine magazines recognized it as one of 15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Now. USA Today named the Little Rock Farmers’ Market as Arkansas’s best. Forbes Travel Guide cited Little Rock as one of its Five Secret Foodie Cities.
Couple these accolades with the city’s diverse cultural scene and you get some pretty awesome food festivals that celebrate Little Rock’s rich international heritage in the heart of our community.
Spring is a great time to kick off a season of fests. Hang on to your fork, because we’re about to tour the world one delicious bite at a time. Add these five local favorites to your "things-to-do in Little Rock" list:
- Turkish Food & Art Festival Saturday, April 6 - Hosted by the Raindrop Turkish House, the event includes great Mediterranean and Central Asian cuisines known to be very rich with many unique tastes.
- Jewish Food & Cultural Festival Sunday, April 14 – This local favorite brings a hungry crowd ready to partake in cabbage rolls, blintzes, kugel, babka and more. Proceeds from the festival go to benefit Jewish Federation of Arkansas’s work in the community, as well as funds to support charitable work in Israel. Visitors are invited to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to donate to the Arkansas Foodbank.
- Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival April 26-28 - Only in its second year, the Arkansas Italian Food Festival has quickly become Central Arkansas's premier Italian food event. Enjoy live entertainment, food vendors from all over the state, a demo tent showcasing fine Italian wines and delicious Italian foods, activities for all ages including a Bocce Ball competition and grape stomping. The event supports the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas.
- International Food Festival Saturday, April 27 – Get a taste of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Pakistan without ever leaving Little Rock. Enjoy a kebab station, sweet and spicy chicken tikka, Turkish coffee and more.
- International Greek Food Festival May 17-19 – Thirty-five years and counting. One of the city’s most popular events always brings the best entertainment with traditional dances, and the most delicious dishes celebrating Greek, Armenian, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures. Waive your admission fee of $3 with a canned good for the Arkansas Foodbank.
For more springtime fun in Little Rock, visit Little Rock’s event calendar.