Fayetteville Roots Festival is officially coming back in 2022, with days, Aug. 25 through Aug. 27, of free events at the Fayetteville Public Library (FPL), live radio broadcasts, live music on the Ozarks at Large Live Stage inside of the FPL Event Center and a culinary Taste & Talk series in the FPL Walker Room. 


This year’s community events which will take place on Friday and Saturday at the FPL are free to the public, thanks to financial support from Hershey & Denise Garner, Neal & Gina Pendergraft, facility and programmatic support from FPL, KUAF 91.3FM/ Ozarks at Large and Velocity Group (Daniel Hintz). 


“We are thrilled to be able to continue our mission to connect the community through music and food by once again offering a robust schedule of free community programming during the festival. From the very beginning of the festival we have made a commitment to making many aspects of the festival accessible to the community at-large at no cost or low cost to the attendee,” Bryan Hembree, musician & cofounder of Fayetteville Roots, said. “ We are grateful to Neal & Gina, and Hershey and Denise for helping Roots to make it financially sustainable to continue this part of our mission. We are inspired that their commitment is born out of their enjoyment of the festival.”


With both radio broadcast and live music performances, this year’s Fayetteville Roots Festival will also include the Taste & Talk Culinary Series, which will take place at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Friday in the FPL Walker Room. Hosted by Daniel Hintz of Velocity Group and Bauhaus Biergarten, Taste & Talk will include guest chefs, local farmers, makers and culinary influencers for an on-stage conversation. Each session is interactive with tastings and audience engagement. 


A pop-up cafe will also be included in the Fayetteville Roots lineup. 641 Deli at the FPL will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST on Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27. The Roots Pop-Up Cafe will feature dishes curated from the Roots Chef roster, allowing the community a unique menu of food from chefs’ home restaurants. All food will be available at affordable prices and accessible to the entire community on both days. 


“This will be a unique menu only available at the Fayetteville Roots Festival.  It is a culinary jam session.  The only time you will see these chefs ‘all on one stage together.’ We love to think of chefs as culinary rock stars.  We are excited to feature them in this Pop-Up format for the entire community to enjoy,” Jerrmy Gawthrop, chef and cofounder of Fayetteville Roots, said. 


KUAF’s Ozarks at Large Live is returning to the festival for the first time since 2019. There will be a one hour broadcast live from FPL with Kyle Kellams hosting and featured music performances from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Live music will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Although the event is free to the public, there will be a reserved section of seating for festival pass holders. All seating and standing sections at the FPL are at limited capacity and will be on a first come-first serve basis. 


For more information about Fayetteville Roots or to check out the full lineup of the festival, click here.