Gumbo, gyros, strawberries and chopped liver fill the April calendar | Rock Candy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gumbo, gyros, strawberries and chopped liver fill the April calendar

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

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Springtime in Arkansas means events! Here are just a few of our favorite foodie events coming up in April that you all might want to wrap your mouths around. Have something we missed? Let us know about it in the comments.

*53rd Annual Arkansas Folk Festival, April 17: Handmade crafts, good eats and all the bluegrass and heritage music you can possibly want—it's all going on in Mountain View. They've been at this a long time, so you know something good is going on up in the Ozarks. Contact 870-269-2985 for more information, or visit the Stone County Tourist Guide website for more details.

*29th Annual Alma Spinach Festival, April 17:  Get your spinach on at the Alma city park and community center and celebrate the leafy greens that made Popeye a rage-filled destroyer of worlds. Even if you don't start busting heads, you'll still find some delicious things to experience. Contact 479-632-4127 for more details, or email for more details.

*Hot Springs Gumbo and Crawfish Festival, April 18: This is a new event for 2015, so get in on the ground floor of some good eats in the Spa City. Tickets are $15 for unlimited gumbo and $20 for the crawfish dinner. Check out the event website for more info.

*5th Annual Turkish Food Festival, April 18: Do shish kebabs, gyro wraps, pencil borek, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and more sound good to you? They sound great to me—and they are all available this weekend at the Turkish Food Festival. Learn about Turkish festival, see traditional dance and even get a henna tattoo. For more details, visit the event website for information about the free event.

*13th Annual Cabot Strawberry Festival, April 25: Do you think of strawberries when you think of spring? Well if you do, you need to also think Cabot. In addition to the sweet Cabot berries, the festival also features a carnival, 5K Fun Run, pageant, vendors and a Kid Zone. Visit the Junior Auxiliary of Cabot's website for details.

*Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, April 26: One of my favorite events in Little Rock, this festival has it all—great food, great baked goods, great crafts, great music and most of all great people. It's a fantastic chance to learn about the various traditions from Judaism's vast and varied history. It's also the one time of year when I can eat all the chopped liver I can hold. And I can hold a lot. Visit the event website for more details.

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