Eureka Springs is host to another new, cool event. Celebrating all the senses, Fleur Delicious Weekend, a French-themed festival with a street fair atmosphere, is coming up July 7-10. You can expect lots of food stimulating your taste, touch and smell; movies, music and art provoking sight and sound; and tons of attractions and activities bringing it all together. Spa services add to the touch and smell factor as well.
Check the website www.fleurdeliciousweekend.com for more information, but here’s some of what event organizers have planned.
Thursday, July 7
7 a.m. to Noon Eureka Springs Farmers Market kicks off the event which includes cooking demonstrations and French music at Pine Mountain Village. Chef Dave of The Grand Taverne will prepare dishes using fresh market produce during a cooking demo at 10:30 a.m. Margie Roelands of Raimondo Family Winter will pour Raimondo wine, olive oil and vinegar samples to pair with the dishes. Keels Creek Winery will also have wines available.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet Robert Norman, the Eureka Springs artist who designed the Fleur Delicious Weekend artwork and poster. The artist reception takes place at Caribe Restaurante y Cantina, which will serve Café au Lait and beignets.
Friday, July 8
7 p.m. Carnegie Public Library shows the movie Chocolate in its annex at 192 Spring St. Admission is free.
8:30 p.m. Enjoy a performance by Enthios Art Venue at Basin Spring Park.
Saturday, July 9
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Basin Spring Park hosts Jazz in the Park
3 p.m. Spring Street Waiter’s Race
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Practical Magic Art Supply offers a cocktail hour (and a half). Stop by for free Fleurtinis on their deck, 123 Spring St. Wear a beret and receive a Prismacolor watercolor pencil.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Head to Enthios Art Venue, 215 Greenwood Hollow Road, for a live music performance featuring Cosmic Roots. There will also be local artists creating art, a French costume show and contest, and French pancakes.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Eureka Springs Gallery Association Gallery Stroll offers artist receptions featuring French-themed art. Participating galleries are Iris at the Basin Park, Eureka Thyme Gallery, Zark’s Fine Design Gallery, Quicksilver Gallery, The Jewel Box Gallery, 83 Spring Street Gallery, and Fusion Squared Gallery.
Sunday, July 10
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a Sunday Jazz Brunch (jazz, champagne and French food station) in The Crystal Dining Room of The Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave.
7 p.m. Cottage Inn Restaurant, 450 W. Van Buren, celebrates Fleur Delicious Weekend with a Bastille Day Tour de France Wine dinner.
8 p.m. Catch Casablanca at Basin Spring Park Movies in the Park Night.
Throughout the Weekend
These bed and breakfast inns serve French-themed breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, and/or desserts: Arsenic and Old Lace, Bridgeford House, Crescent Cottage Inn, 5 Ojo B&B, Heartstone Inn and Cottages, Main Street Inn, Red Bud Manor, Ridgeway House, Rock Cottage Gardens, and 11 Singleton House.
Autumn Breeze Restaurant, 190 Huntsville Road, offers a three-course French dinner for two from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 7-9.
Casa Colina Grill and Cantina,
173 S. Main St., serves lobster, shrimp and scallop crepes served with herbs de Provence palmiers, and for dessert a Strawberry savarin with almond creme’ anglaise.
DeVito’s of Eureka Springs, 5 Center Street, features French fare specials and a French wine flight including Ballade Sauvignon Blanc, ’08 Domaine De Chateaumar Cuvee Bastien and ’05 Chateau Senail hac Bordeaux Superieur.
Eureka Grill, 71 Spring St., serves “Dubonnet on the rocks, the drink of Paris” with a twist of lemon.
Sparky’s Roadhouse Café, 147 E. Van Buren, offers French wines, cheeses, and entrees, including an Eiffel Tower Chicken.
The Stone House
, 89 S. Main St., celebrates by serving a French Canadian cheese platter featuring Canadian Camembert, Fig Chevre, Red Leaf Cheddar, Calabrese Hot Salami, Kelp Vegetarian Caviar, Minus 8 Vinegar, and bread. Featured wines from France: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and champagne by the glass.
The Grand Central Hotel & Spa,
37 N. Main St., celebrates the senses with French cuisine and drink, and a 10 percent discount on all spa services.
Gryphon’s Roost Day Spa and Gallery, 137 Spring St., sells handmade French cloches and berets, and bath and body products infused with French herbs. You can also treat yourself to lavender aromatherapy spa services to help you unwind during the weekend.