Special Events

VIP Dinner Thursday, April 28, 2022 – sauce(d)

Multi-course Italian dinner paired with Zonin 1821 wines. Presentation by Zonin 1821 Winery, and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. A wonderful selection of auction items will be available at the dinner. 


Bocce Competition

Participate in the 3rd Annual Arkansas Italian Food and Wine Festival Bocce Competition. Whether you’ve never heard of the game or are a competitive champion, you won’t want to miss out on this exciting game!

Get ready for an awesome bocce tournament. Registration is $100 per 2-person team–there is a maximum of 2 people per team. 

Tournament payouts will be based on a $4000 purse. Payouts are as follows:

  • 1st Place $2000
  • 2nd Place $1000
  • 3rd Place $750
  • 4th Place $250

Be sure to share a cell phone number so you can receive text message updates about play times.

After completing, paying for, and submitting your registration, a copy of this form will be shared with you via email. The form must be completed and provided to Festival Staff before your team’s game begins to be permitted entry.

Video credit: Major League Bocce

Sauce Competition

Does your gravy have what it takes? For only $50 you can compete in this years Sauce Competition at the 3rd Annual Arkansas Italian Food & Wine Festival on the grounds of Heifer International. 

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $250
  • 3rd Place $100

Grape Stomping

Arkansas has a long history of making exceptional wine in large part thanks to our state’s rich Italian-American history. Learn how to make wine with us using your … FEET!

Waiter’s Race

It’s the fastest, funniest, foot race you’ll ever see! Based on the Parisian tradition since 1901, this now worldwide sensation of waiters speed-walking while balancing drinks on trays is coming back to Little Rock for the second year as part of the Italian Food and Wine Festival on Sunday September 19th, 2021. 

100% of proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas! Entry fee is $50.00 per person or $75.00 for 2 contestants from the same restaurant.

  • 1st Place $1000
  • 2nd Place $750
  • 3rd Place $500
  • 4th Place $250