FREE FRIDAY: Celebrate the Holiday and Good Food at the Argenta Foodie Festival

Kerry Kraus

You don’t need a lot of money to have a good time in Arkansas. There are ample things to see and do that don’t cost a cent. Each Friday I’ll focus on something fun that is free. Be sure and check each week for a new attraction.

I’m fudging a little bit on this event just because it is such a wonderful experience. There are several free activities taking place however there is a charge for the food. But where else can you sample such a variety of dishes by some of the excellent Central Arkansas restaurants? And for a nominal price compared to what you’d pay in the restaurant.

A great way to kick-off your Independence Day weekend is to attend the 4th annual Argenta Foodie Festival on Saturday, July 3. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ten area restaurants showcase some of their specialties made from locally grown produce and meats. Those participating and their offerings include Arkansas Watermelon Salad and Arkansas Watermelon and Fisher Honey Sorbet from the Starving Artist Café 

in North Little Rock, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo from Ashley’s at The Capital in
Little Rock, beef brisket from Trails End BBQ catering in central Arkansas, and pork tacos and lemonade from Ferneau in
Little Rock. Others participating are Delicious Dinners, Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro

Boulevard Bread

, Hunka Pie, and Argenta Market..

Foodie Fest is along North Little Rock’s Main Street 

between 6th and 7th streets next door to the Argenta Famers Market

. In addition to all the great food, there is live entertainment by Steve Bates and Ricky D and the Swing Shift, and arts and crafts vendors to go along with the fresh, local produce for sale. Admission is free.

Entertainment includes live music by Steve Bates and Ricky D and the Swing Shift, arts and crafts vendors, while you are here shop for fresh, locally grown food at the Farmers Market. Free handheld fans are available and there is shade!

This is a great opportunity to try some wonderful culinary creations while supporting local farmers and restaurants.

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