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2019 Arkansas Cornbread Festival in Little Rock


The 2019 Arkansas Cornbread Festival will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on South Main Street in Little Rock.

If you’ve never attended the festival, it’s time to make it happen. And whether you’re there to eat, compete, or do both, the festival is sure to delight.

Cornbread doesn’t even need to be your thing. You can still walk around, listen to live music, and visit some local breweries and food trucks who will be set up, along with checking out vendors selling crafts, art, merchandise, and Arkansas-made products. Neighborhood stores will also be open for business.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the event, and allow attendees to sample and vote on cornbread and side dish favorites.

I recommend springing for a ticket. Your taste buds will thank you.

And here’s some fantastic news from their website:

“The 2019 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, one of the Natural State’s favorite fall festivals, returns to SoMa for the ninth time, greener than ever before. You’ll notice a preference for paper over plastic, refillable water bottle stations, and a refreshing absence of styrofoam at this year’s Arkansas Cornbread Festival.

Plastic-Free Little Rock and Arkansas Cornbread Festival have cooked up a five-year plan to become the standard for a low-waste, plastic-free event.

With a clear focus on eliminating specific trash items and single-use plastics from the festival footprint each year, we will show our community that sustainability goals are completely achievable and can become a city-wide—and eventually state-wide—standard.  A graphic of our 5-year plan for the festival to move Toward Zero Waste is below.”

Just another great reason to attend.

Did You Know?

There is also a Cornbread Connoisseur Package available, which is $15 in advance and $20 at the festival (while supplies last). The package includes a tasting ticket, cornbread tin, Cosmo Cornbread Koozie, and a bottle opener.


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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and one daughter, Sydney. His oldest daughter, Natalie, is a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago. He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, twelve years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for ten years. During that time, he’s written for publications like Little Rock Soiree, Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, and The Local Palate.

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