It’s the busy season for food and drink events and festivals:
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, the Park Hill Business and Merchant Association hosts its third Patio on Park Hill event at the Lakehill Shopping Center (on JFK Blvd. between E and I streets and across from Park Hill Elementary School). The entry fee is $1 (kids under 12 get in for free). There’ll be music from DeFrance, Federalis and Jeff Coleman and The Feeders and craft beer. Food trucks the Black Hound BBQ, The WunderBus, Southern Gourmasian, Sladers Alaskan Dumplings, Katmandu Momo, Hot Rod Wieners, Loblolly Creamery and Brown Sugar Bake Shop will also be there.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, Arkansas Times and the Argenta Arts District are teaming up for the inaugural Arkansas Times Firkin Fest, a celebration of unique craft beer. Tickets ($35 in advance, $40 at the event) include (beside beer) food from Arkansas Ale House, @ the Corner, Cafe Bossa Nova, Damgoode Pies, Old Chicago Pizza, Skinny J’s and Zaffino’s by Nori and music by The Libras and Isaac Alexander.
The inaugural Black Food Festival, presented by the Arkansas Association of Black Professionals, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Philander Smith College. Vendors include Brown Sugar Bakeshop, The Veg, K Hall and Sons and Philly Phresh Water.
Looking ahead: The International Greek Food Festival returns to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church May 20-22. At 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, there’ll be more than 300 wines to sample at Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape at Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. Buy tickets for $30 in advance (bit.ly/grape16) or $40 at the door.