The cheese dip competition takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Local celebrities, food critics, and political dignitaries will join the public in voting to decide which cheese dip will best represent the northwest Arkansas region at the 3rd annual World Cheese Dip Championship on Oct. 20 in Little Rock.
The cheese dip classic is divided into amateur and professional divisions. Winners receive cash prizes as well as trophies created by a local artist. The professional division winner also receives free entry into the 3rd annual World cheese Dip Championship and hotel accommodations for the championship weekend in Little Rock.
Some of the restaurants signed up for the professional division include: The Flying Burrito Company, Qdoba, Northwest Arkansas Chef’s Association, Farrell’s Lounge, Ella’s, and Legacy Blues Club. There will also be a University of Arkansas Greek cheese dip competition. Sororities and fraternities will partner and battle it out to be crowned campus champions.
And in case you didn’t realize it, this Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, and what better way to celebrate than by eating and voting on your favorite cheese dip.
The Northwest Arkansas Cheese Dip Classic is also partnering with Fayetteville Foam Fest to create a new and unique for the area. Fayetteville Foam Fest takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds. It is a craft beer appreciation festival, and a non-profit festival dedicated to raising money for FEED FAYETTEVILLE.
In addition to create beer and cheese dip, there will be live music from local and regional artists and other food and beverages for sale. Three of the food vendors for the event are Hammontrees, Mellow Mushroom and Hog Haus Brewing Company.
Proceeds from the Northwest Arkansas Cheese Dip Classic will benefit the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, whose mission is to create brighter futures for single-parent families by offering encouragement and access to higher education through community supported efforts.
Admission to the Northwest Arkansas Cheese Dip Classic is $10 for adults, $5 for students with a valid school ID and FREE for children 10 and younger. Advance tickets can be purchased at some Arvest Bank locations, including the main bank and branches on Crossover, Green Acres, Joyce, University, Wedington, West Sixth, and the Walmart Supercenters on Mall Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.