Fall is a busy time for food lovers in Arkansas, and this fall seems especially festive as we all shake off the hot dry summer just finished. If you're looking for something to do with yourselves in the upcoming weeks, we've got a few ideas for you that are sure to tickle your fancy and please your palate.
*Warm up with Chili: Local radio personalities Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton of 100.3 The Edge will be hosting the 7th Annual Guns N' Hoses Chili Cook-off on November 3 at the Clear Channel Metroplex. Proceeds from the cook-off will go to the September Fund, which provides scholarships to the children of police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. While I won't be able to attend this year's festivities (due to getting married), I've been to the last two cook-offs and it's always a good time — colorful people, tasty chili, and a chance to stuff your face for a good cause.
*Main Event: Regular readers may have noticed: we're pretty big fans of food trucks here at Eat Arkansas. If you all love them as much as we do, this Saturday's Main Street Food Truck Festival is your chance to check out the epicenter of the Little Rock food truck scene. The even will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on October 6, and will feature over 30 food trucks, nearly 40 Little Rock ETSY vendors, live music, and most important (at least to me) three beer gardens. For more information, call 501-375-0121.
*Take a Hayride: The Arkansas Local Food Network, Tales of the South, The Bernice Garden, and and several SoMA businesses are holding a Local Food Tour in the form of a hayride that will visit South Main's community gardens and local food-related businesses. The tour runs is Sunday, October 14 from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. with dinner to follow. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
*Year-round Market: According to their Facebook page, the Hillcrest Farmers Market will become the very first year-round market in Little Rock, with plans to move indoors at their Pulaski Heights Baptist Church location when the weather gets cold. The winter market will start October 6 at 8 a.m. and continue all the way through until spring.
*Fair Affair: Lastly, the Arkansas State Fair will be held October 12-21, so if you're the type of person who likes chowing down on deep-fried delicacies and then going on gravity-defying rides, this is your chance.
October is one of the finest months to be in this great state of Arkansas, and there's always exciting things going on. Be sure to grab your pumpkins for carving and pie, and find yourselves a pile of leaves to jump in, because the month isn't going to last forever, and the cold weather will be here soon enough.