Success of Inaugural Event Sets Stage for Expanded Festival on South Main Street in Downtown Little Rock.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012
Between 13th & 16th Streets on South Main Street in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.
Arkansans know what’s good, and that is cornbread. To keep them happy, organizers are coordinating the 2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival, which will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on South Main Street in downtown Little Rock on Saturday, November 3.
The 2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival is being planned to continue the success of the inaugural festival in 2011. That festival attracted people throughout the state to the South Main area of downtown Little Rock; in fact, the original goal was to attract 800 people to the area, and more than 2,600 paying attendees enjoyed the food and festivities of the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival. Because cornbread is a unifier of people across all socioeconomic, racial, religious, gender and age backgrounds, the event was based on it to attract people (and pets) to South Main. This year, organizers are working to attract 3,000 people to the event by expanding the area along South Main Street as well as extending the hours so attendees have more time to stroll, eat, shop and enjoy music and other attractions.
The area of South Main from Daisy Gatson Bates to 18th Street has revitalized with the addition of a grocery store, pharmacy, family discount store, gift and variety shop, several restaurants and entertainment venues, and an urban garden. Many people — especially those who live and work downtown — did not realize the amenities available to them in this area. The goal of the 2012 Arkansas Cornbread Festival is to attract people to that area to showcase all of its progress and to encourage them to return to eat, shop, tour and visit often.
Tickets to the event are $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 years and free for children under six. Those wanting to show their cornbread-baking skills can enter the amateur competition at $25 per entry or $75 for the professional competition. Categories are traditional, non-traditional and sweet, and it is up to each competitor to choose the category in which their entry will compete. New this year is the Best Side Item category, and any of the competitors can provide a side item of their choice.
Winners will receive:
• Best Overall Winner (Best in Show) – $500, a trophy, blue ribbon and a gift basket
• Best Professional Winner – $100, a trophy and a gift basket
• Best Amateur Winner – $100, a trophy and a gift basket
• Best Professional, Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Professional, Non-Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Professional, Sweet – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Non-Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Sweet – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Side Item – Cast iron dutch oven
For questions or more information about how to participate in the festival, where to buy tickets or recipes, contact Liz Sanders, coordinator of the Bernice Garden and the Arkansas Cornbread Festival, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501.617.2511.