Join us for the Little Rock Local Food Tour. We will be walking, biking, and even hay riding around the South Main neighborhood, touring community gardens, restaurants, businesses, farms, and artisan producer stands. The tour will begin at The Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market and wind around the historic streets of Little Rock, with stops, samples, and demonstrations along the way. Expect activities, expect gardens full of fall crops, expect music and biking and scavenger hunting and fun for all. Expect to be amazed by how much a community can grow. We will discover and celebrate the abundance and quality of local food being grown by our neighbors, in our small community! And it is a great excuse to enjoy the Sunday, outdoors and in a hay ride!
Feel free to bring your own bike, a nice pair of walking shoes, or some other form of human-power transport. There will be hay rides available for the longer treks. Also, we urge you to bring a cold beverage along the way.
Time: October 14th, 12:30 to 5pm. Dinner, 5-7pm.
Tickets: $25 a person, $10 for children 12 and under. Dinner, $45 a person, $65 for tour and dinner.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations starting September 14th:
- The Green Corner Store
- The Root Cafe
- ALFN Food Club
- Boulevard Bread Market & Bakery on Main
- Bobby’s Bike Hike Bike Rentals
AND THAT’S NOT ALL FOLKS!
The Little Rock Local Food Tour will end with a celebratory dinner in the Bernice Garden, 5-7pm. Expect delicious, locally sourced food catered by the Boulevard Bread Co. team, and local food stories and music provided by the Tales of the South. Tickets sold separately: $45 a person, or sold as a package with the tour, $65 a person. Tickets for the dinner also sold at the above locations.
The tour will help raise funds for the 1st edition of the Arkansas Local Food Network FRESH Local Food Directory, a list and map of Central Arkansas’ community gardens, farms, restaurants, and businesses.
See arlocalfoodnetwork.org for more information.
The Method to the Madness:
Our Little Rock Food Tour will go a little something like this:
The tour will be a blend between self-guided and all-as-one. Every participant will receive a schedule and map at the beginning of the tour, with a route and each site given a specific time for visits. We’ll all be free to travel at our own pace, but we’ll move at the same general time, to and from the same places. There are no guarantees that a site will be open for visits if you come outside of the scheduled times. If you’re late for the tour, you will miss the bus, so to speak. We’ll start at 12:30, heading to the 15th St Garden, and lark from there. The hayrides are set at specific times to move us from place to place. All this is to say, please be at the Bernice Garden by 12:30pm, ready to go. If you need to leave early, we’ll hate to see you go but be quite understanding. If you need to come late, it’ll be up to you to figure out where we are in the SoMa jungle.
Things to bring:
- A Cold Beverage and accompanying container for said beverage.
- Walking Shoes
- Something Warm to protect you from the Fall cold
- A Bicycle
- A Camera, so you don’t miss those photo opp’s
Along the tour will be a roving band of volunteers from Arkansas Local Food Network’s board. Despite their crude appearance, they can be trusted when help is needed. There will be bathroom and water stops along the way.
Our Dinner & A Show Fundraiser will go a little something like this:
The dinner AND tour are fundraisers for our FRESH Local Food Directory. All proceeds go to its future printing, which we hope to do year after year, as more and more local food spots pop up. The dinner will be semi-formal, with a four course dinner provided by Boulevard Bread Co. The Salty Dogs will play music while we dine, and after we’ve eaten our fill, Tales for the South will entertain us with Southern food stories. Diamond Bear Beer and wine will be served with donations welcome. The dinner will be outside, in the Bernice Garden, so please come snuggled up. Food, music, and stories can only do so much to keep you warm!