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Food and Drink Fun Throughout October & November

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There are so many really cool events and dinners coming up in the very near future around Little Rock. Check out all of the details below…

The Inaugural Flyway vs Diamond Bear Cornhole Tournament is tomorrow, October 13th from 7-11 p.m. at Diamond Bear (600 N. Broadway in NLR). Top prize collects $200.

The Root Cafe’s Dinner in October,  a 5-course communal meal put together by Chef Jonathan Arrington and his crew, is on this Friday, October 14th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for ticket info.

On Monday, October 17th from 6-9 p.m.,  The Capital Hotel hosts the Thea Foundation’s revamped and renamed event … Blue Plate Special. Formerly known as the Governor’s Culinary Challenge, this year’s event is chaired by South on Main’s Chef Matthew Bell and will combine the talents of ten touted chefs and two mixologists in support of Thea Foundation’s scholarship program. Chefs include: Matthew Bell, South on Main; Capi Peck, Trio’s Restaurant; Payne Harding, Cache Restaurant; Zara Abbasi Wilkerson, private pastry chef/dessert consultant; Gilbert Alaquinez, Forty Two; Marc Guizol, Capital Bar and Grill; Brian Kearns, Simply the Best Catering; Jeff Owen, Ciao Baci; Stephen Burrow, Skye’s Bistro at Stratton Market; and Shiem Swift, The Veg LLC. Mixologists are David Burnette, of South on Main, and Luiggi Uzcategui, of BIG ORANGE :: Midtown. For tickets, click here.

Also, there are two other cool events taking place at The Capital Hotel. First, Duckhorn Wine Ducktails Tasting is on October 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. Also, on Friday, October 28th, check out Soul Food Love Dinner from 6:30-9 p.m.

HarvestFest in Hillcrest is one of my absolute favorite events in Little Rock … there’s just so much to walk around and see, do, buy, drink, and eat. October 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. is when things go down. From FB: “HarvestFest in Hillcrest is a one-day event each fall in the historic Little Rock neighborhood of Hillcrest designed to bring friends and families together in celebration of the season. We have a wide array of activities for kids and adults alike, vendors selling their wares, food, fashion, music and much more. Come join the fun. We know you won’t be disappointed. A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to support The Allen School.” Here’s hoping for great weather.

The mighty chicken wing has been a hot topic on the blog of late … and if you’d like to get your wing eating/competing on … make sure to check out the Wingin’ It for Alzheimers on October 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the Diamond Bear Brewery. For tickets or competition information, click here.

And don’t forget about the World Cheese Dip Festival on October 22.

The Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Catfish Cookoff is also on October 22. For all the FAQs, click here. From the looks of it, there will be no shortage of food and drink, and if you love local craft brew, this is the place for you. Should be a great line-up of brewers.

The Arkansas Times Whole Hog Roast is on Sunday, October 23rd from 1-5 p.m. at the Argenta Farmers Market. Tickets are $18 in advance.

The Arkansas State Fair is October 14-23. I leave it up to you to seek out the details … including concerts, food, drink, rides, etc. There’s a lot to cover.

Chef Matt Bell of South on Main will host the Little Rock No Kid Hungry Dinner on Monday, October 24. This multi-course dinner starts with a reception at 6 p.m. and features guest chef Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis and Levon Wallace of Cochon in Nashville. For ticket info, click here. For more information, contact Emily Roth at eroth@strength.org or 512-551-3470.

I really like chili. In a smart move, Chili Fights in the Heights was scheduled for Saturday, October 29. Click here for all of the details.

Also on October 29, save some room for cornbread and head down to SOMA for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This is always such a well-run event. Folks can eat and compete … and this year’s top prize is $1000. Eat chili in the Heights and then some cornbread in SOMA … not a bad day.

Lots going on at Lost Forty Brewing as well on October 29th. Head down to the brewery from 4-9 p.m. for the Nighty Night Release Party. There’s a ton of information on this event so click here for all of the details.

On Thursday, November 3rd, Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) will host Paws in the Vineyard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Trapnall Hall. “Paws in the Vineyard will be the PURfect combination of wine and whiskers! Guests will enjoy delicious food, bold beverages, a silent auction, a wine pull, and live music while meeting a few of CARE’s adoptable dogs. Tickets are $60 and can be purchsed at centralarkansastickets.com or by calling CARE at (501) 603-2273.” I’ve been told Trio’s is heading up the food for the event.

The Central AR Asian Festival is set for November 5th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 6221 Colonel Glenn Road. Here are the details: “Join us for the largest community festival in Central Arkansas celebrating Asian-Pacific Islander cultures! Free Admission, Authentic ethnic food vendors, food trucks, patio dining, live performers & demonstrations, indoor/outdoor activities.”

Rock City Eat’s Food Trucksgiving event will be on November 5th from 4-8 p.m. at FUMC Bryant (508 N Reynolds Rd) in Bryant. No sure of who or how many, but there should be plenty of food truck options for guests.

The Next Course, the annual fundraiser dinner benefiting Youth Home, Inc., will be held in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library on November 3 at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the evening will be used to benefit the teens in Youth Home’s Residential Treatment Program in Little Rock. “This unique culinary dining experience includes a wine reception and five courses with chef’s tips and instruction on how to prepare the next course. Wine will be served with each course and seating is limited.” For ticket info, click here.