We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at kshalin@aymag.com. 


We are officially in growing season here in Arkansas, so please don’t forget about our wonderful farmers’ markets. One of them is the Argenta Farmers Market, which runs on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at 510 Main Street in North Little Rock. 


Of course, you already know about the Hillcrest Farmers Market at 2200 Kavanaugh from 7-10 a.m. on Saturdays.


Speaking of Argenta, the Argenta Plaza Summer Music Series continues on July 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. with The Rodney Block Collective. The concert is free and attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, along with food and drinks from Argenta restaurants. Ample free parking is available throughout downtown North Little Rock.


Here’s everything you need to know about Freedom Fest 2021 in Conway.


Lonoke is having a celebration as well. Here are all the details on Pops in the Prairie.


We have a cool, new monthly series called “Server Says” that I think you’ll really enjoy. It’s a Q/A with servers in the restaurant industry. Our first one was with Christine Pottker of Brood & Barley


Make sure to check out and tell me what you think about the new-ish Dockside Bar & Grill at 11321 Markham. I’ve still yet to go, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. 


Mar y Tierra at 1900 W 3rd Street looks like it is getting very close to opening. I’ve watched work being done on the building for what seems like well over a year, so I am definitely a little excited about the restaurant finally opening. 


Ol’ Bart Southern Eats recently opened its storefront at 1220 Old Morrilton Highway in Conway. There’s been plenty of good buzz about this barbeque, so am eager to try it out. 


It’s Dog Days of Summer at Point Remove Brewing on Thursday, July 8.


At the Corner in Little Rock celebrated its first weekend with indoor dining since the pandemic began.


As a reminder, Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill will be reopening on July 7


And let’s not forget, Costco is opening on July 21.


It’s very early, but Craig Roe of Baja Grill announced on his Facebook page that he and his wife, Heather Baber-Roe, will be opening a new restaurant called Rober in Bryant. “Coming 2022, Instagram: rober_bryant, Tasting Menu, Charcuterie Bar, Rotating Chef’s Menu, Extensive spirit list + cocktails, High-end wines.”


The Rock City Margarita Festival and The Great Arkansas Beer Festival are teaming up with 103.7 The Buzz to throw the biggest party of the summer on July 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Attendees can sample as many margaritas, beers, wines, and seltzers as they like, and food will be available for purchase. Early Bird tickets are $30 for a limited time and will go up to $40 on June 1. A ticket will grant you access to the festival and a tasting glass. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the festival, no exceptions.


Congrats to Loblolly Creamery for being featured in the Food Network Magazine.


Mark your calendars! The 10th Anniversary Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock is on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s great to have festivals back. 


Alton Brown will be coming to Little Rock in 2022, bringing a new culinary show.


Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.


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