by Kat Robinson
Starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday night, attendees can sample the best several local restaurants have to offer — along with 150 or more specialty wines and all sorts of artistic edibles. The list of restaurants is impressive, and it's included on the jump.
Enjoy the Eastern European folk stylings of the Meshugga Klezmer band, vy for great bottles of wine at silent auction and maybe even kick off your shoes and stomp some grapes. Tickets are $75 and are available through the park. More on the click-through.
(Little Rock) - On September 9, at 6:30 p.m., be deliciously overindulged with Wildwood Park for the Arts’ 14th Annual Wine and Food Festival. Guests will revel in over 150 specially selected wines and artful edibles created by the area’s finest chefs and restaurants.
Culinary participants include Lulav Eatery, Acadia, Ashley’s, Capriccio Grill, Ferneau, Boscos: the Restaurant for Beer Lovers, Bravo! Cucina Italia, Chenal Country Club, ZaZa’s, Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, The House Gastro Pub, and The Blue Cake Company.
With an international selection of wines from well-known and new producers, guests will enjoy an evening of unique entertainment including grape stomping, silent auction, and chances to win bottles of wine at the Festival’s cork pull.
Musical talents for Wine and Food Festival include styles inspired by cultures from around the globe. The Meshugga Klezmer Band and its Eastern - European influenced folk melodies will have guests dancing the night away on stage in the Cabe Theatre, and The Itinerant Locals will lead grape stomping activities outside in Wildwood’s unique botanical gardens.
The Wine Reserve Dinner, a compliment of the Annual Wine & Food Festival, takes place the following Friday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. This elegant evening pairs premier wines with a five — course meal. The Wine Reserve Dinner and the Wine and Food Festival can both be enjoyed for $200.
Proceeds from the Wine and Food Festival and the Wine Reserve Dinner help support the Park’s statewide educational touring production, Art To Go!. Tens of thousands of elementary students in more than 40 Arkansas communities experience Wildwood’s touring show annually. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will also help match a grant provided by the Arkansas Arts Council for the Park’s Arts in Education residencies at Chenal Elementary and Robinson Elementary.
Sponsors include Glazer’s of Arkansas, Rush and Linda Harding, Deltic Timber, Arkansas Arts Council (an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage), the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock Soiree, Arvest Bank, The Rejuvenation Clinic, and Ellis Infiniti. Wildwood’s underwriters also include Thoma Thoma and Aristotle.
Tickets for Wine and Food Festival are $75 each. Tickets for the Wine Reserve Dinner are $150 per person. A special discount is available for combined ticket purchases to the Wine and Food Festival on September 9, and the Wine Reserve Dinner on September 16. A combined ticket to both events cost $200. Call 501-821-7275 to purchase tickets or visit Wildwood Park online at www.wildwoodpark.org.