Food festivals are out in force on Saturday, Oct. 4, from downtown to midtown:
Nearly 30 food trucks will gather on Main Street between Fourth and Eighth streets from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the Main Street Food Truck Festival (with a handful of trucks serving breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.). See a full list below.
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HarvestFest in Hillcrest, on Kavanaugh between Walnut and North Monroe streets, kicks off with a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A cheese dip competition runs from noon until 2 p.m. Later, there’s a really popular fashion show and a slew of great local bands playing, with Amasa Hines headlining.
The chili cook-off Chili Fights in the Heights returns to Kavanaugh Boulevard, between North Taylor and North Polk streets. From 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., a free trolley will transport people between HarvestFest and Chili Fights in the Heights. Teams begin cooking at 1 p.m., The Good Time Ramblers will begin performing at 2 p.m. Beer and wine sales will start then, too. Chili tasting begins at 4 p.m. A tasting kit will cost you $5*. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Foodbank.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi Ave., hosts its 10th annual Shrimp Boil Benefit from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A drive-through will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; groups of eight or more get in for $25 per person, and kids’ tickets run $15. Greasy Greens will provide the music and there’ll be wine and beer for sale. Proceeds benefit St. Francis House.
Main Street Food Trucks:
Bryant’s BBQ & Catering
Cheto’s Authentic Mexican
Eat Clean 101
Eat My Catfish
Garrett’s Funnel Cakes & More
Haygood’s BBQ Concession
Hot Rod Wieners
Jackie’s Mobile Café
Red River Catering
Roxie’s Hot Dogs
Southern Salt Food Company
Taqueria Jalisco San Juan
The Pie Hole
The Southern Gourmasian
Tiger Q BBQ
*The hours for beer and chili tasting at Chili Fights in the Heights have been corrected.