It’s only the second year for this event, Fleur Delicious Weekend, in Eureka Springs, but it’s already a five-day festival sure to delight all the senses. The French-themed event takes place July 11-15 with a street fair atmosphere of restaurants, bars, shops, lodging venues, spas, galleries and entertainment venues participating.
Festivities on Wednesday, July 11 include a Drink & Draw Art Jam, hosted by painter Bob Norman, at Chelsea’s Café. Participants paint their interpretation of the Fleur de Lis and the paintings will then be put into an exhibition.
On Thursday, July 12, head to the Eureka Springs Farmer’s Market in Pine Mountain Village, located on Ark. 62 E, for special events that include a cooking demonstration, wine tastings and French music. The market is open from 7 a.m. to noon. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that event, the Drink & Draw art exhibiton will be at Caribe Restaurant y Cantina at 309 W. Van Buren, along with a jewelry show by Victoria Marshall of ReVamp Designs.
Voulez-Vous Lounge at 63A Spring Street will host a champagne tasting on Friday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday brings the Spring Street Waiter’s Race, where area restaurant wait staff compete against each other. There will also be The Krewe of Kork FDW Wine & Spirit’s Stroll. At 6 p.m. is the eureka asprings Gallery Association’s Gallery Stroll. Participating galleries will serve French-inspired refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Crystal Dining Room at The Crescent Hotel, located at 75 Prospect St., will serve Sunday brunch comprised of champagne and a French Food Station from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday evening The Cottage Inn Restaurant celebrates the weekend with a French wine dinner at 7 p.m.
On Thursday through Sunday, you can catch light jazz music and a string quartet at Basin Park in downtown Eureka Springs. Many restaurants throughout the town will offer French specials and spirits during Fleur Delicious. The Bed and Breakfast Inns will serve French-themed breakfasts and afternoon refreshments or desserts.
The weekend ends Sunday evening in Basin Park with live music, treats from Peace, Love & Cheesecake, and art by Larry Mansker. The Sunday Night Movie in the Park will be An American in Paris.