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Southern Food Festivals in Arkansas

In The Natural State, food is serious business. Southern festivals and cook-offs are abundant, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to sample local favorite Southern food recipes or showcase their cooking talents. In Arkansas, you'll truly find some of the most unique food festivals in the United States.

Praise the purple hull pea at the annual June festival in Emerson. Don't miss the World's Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia each May. Tout the tomato at the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Glorify the grape at the annual festivals held in Altus, Wiederkehr Village, and Tontitown. Marvel at the melons during Hope's annual Watermelon Festival. Rallies for rice, Arkansas's major crop -- are held in Weiner and Hazen. Take your secret Southern food recipes and join others in one of the many cook-offs and Southern festivals held annually in Arkansas. Want to head home with fresh produce? Check out a U-pick peach orchard or other Arkansas fresh food farms. Or take a cooking class and make it a full-on culinary vacation.

From gumbo to spinach to ribs, you'll find a cornucopia of challenges surrounding your favorite Southern food recipes and dishes. From chili to tomatoes to peaches, Arkansas is home to a virtual feast of southern festivals and cook-offs. You don't have to worry about leaving hungry!

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Toad Suck Daze

Apr 29
- May 01
Downtown
Conway, AR

Apr 29
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Downtown Arkadelphia Crawfest

Apr 29
- Apr 30
Arkadelphia, AR

Apr 30

Bentonville Farmer's Market

Apr 30
Bentonville Square
Bentonville, AR

Apr 30
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Pioneer Village Spring Festival

Apr 30
- May 01
Pioneer Village grounds
Searcy, AR

Apr 30

Fort City Backyard BBQ Shoot Out Inc.

Apr 30
River Valley Food Band Parking Lot
Fort Smith, AR

Apr 30

Bridge to the Future

Apr 30
Clinton Presidential Center
Little Rock, AR

Apr 30

Field Day for MDA

Apr 30
The Gardens at the University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

May 01

Veteran's Wellness Fair

May 01
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Fayetteville, AR

May 04

Farmers Market

May 04
Faith Presbyterian Church
Horseshoe Bend, AR

May 04
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46th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival

May 04
- May 07
Town Square
Hamburg, AR

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