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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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Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Festival

Feb 09
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Citywide
Eureka Springs, AR

Feb 19
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LANTERNS! Festival

Feb 19
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Wildwood Park for the Arts
Little Rock, AR

Feb 23

Roaring 20s Tasting and Program

Feb 23
28 Springs Restaurant
Siloam Springs, AR

Mar 03

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Mar 03
Helena-West Helena, AR

Mar 04

Grape Escapes, A Vine Affair

Mar 04
Fort Smith Convention Center
Fort Smith, AR

Mar 04

The Jimmie Lou Fisher-Lottie Shackelford Dinner

Mar 04
Clinton Presidential Center
Little Rock, AR

Mar 10
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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

Mar 10
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Citywide
Mountain View, AR

Mar 11
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Camden Daffodil Festival

Mar 11
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Downtown
Camden, AR

Mar 18
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48th Annual Jonquil Festival

Mar 18
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Historic Washington State Park
Washington, AR

Mar 19

Dutch Oven Workshop

Mar 19
Devil's Den State Park
West Fork, AR

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