The Historic Arkansas Museum’s 21st Candlelight Gala takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will “celebrate Arkansas foodways – the intersection of food in the culture and tradition of Arkansas – from the Delta to the foothills of the Ozarks,” according to an event description. The event kicks off the museum’s yearlong celebration of Arkansas’ food heritage.

To go along with the event’s focus on the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, a short film about this year’s inductees to the Department of Arkansas Heritage Arkansas Food Hall of Fame will be shown. Attendees can expect food, drinks, music and auction items that reflect our state. Arkansas Made arts and crafts will be among the auction items.

2017 Diamond Chef Mary Beth Ringgold of Little Rock’s Copper Grill will provide “a delicious heritage meal” and the 2017 Food Hall of Fame winners will also be in attendance. Winners include Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Lassis Inn in Little Rock and Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village.

LEARN MORE: Read about the 2017 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame winners and nominees 

Music throughout the evening will include folk tunes by Sugar on the Floor and Delta blues by Danny Dozier and Hal Vandive, as well as a “curated anthology of Arkansas music through the years.”

The Candlelight Gala raises money to purchase Arkansas Made art and objects for the museum’s permanent collection. Tickets are available here.


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