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Ciao on the river: first Italian Food & Cultural Festival is Saturday

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We do Greek; we do Jewish; we do Indian. So it’s about time that Arkansas held a citywide festival celebrating all things Italian.

Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, the first Arkansas Italian Food & Cultural Festival will bring food, Baggo and bocce tournaments (for cash prizes!), food, a grape stomp challenge, food, an Italian car exhibition, food, and live entertainment to the North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock.

The event, which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas, actually kicks off Thursday night, April 19, with a double feature of romantic movie “Moonstruck” and documentary “I sopravvissuti (Survivors),” at the Clinton School for Public Service. Southern Table will cater; tickets are $25 (reserve at www.aritalianfestival.com/film).

Is that all? No it’s not. There are also soccer tournaments for children and adults; a sauce and gravy competition; and music by DJ Nick Hud, David Adam Byrnes, Nerd Eye Blind, Jersey Boys and the Big Dam Horns. Relyance Bank is the sponsor; Patrick Presley is the founder. The festival continues 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5; kids 5 and under get in free.




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