Special Events

VIP Dinner Thursday, April 23 – Ristorante Capeo 

Multi-course Italian dinner paired with Banfi wines. Presentation by Banfi 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 2nd Annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture 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 $75 per 2-person team–there is a maximum of 2 people per team. 

Tournament payouts will be based on a $3000 purse. Payouts are as follows:

  • 1st Place $1500
  • 2nd Place $750
  • 3rd Place $500
  • 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 2nd Annual Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival on the grounds at the Clinton Presidential Center. 

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

Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2nd Annual Arkansas Italian Food + Culture Festival 4 vs 4 Soccer Tournament!

Adult & Youth Divisions 
April 25 & 26, 2020
Saturday 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM Youth 
Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Adult & High School

4 vs 4, on as a keeper
3 Game Guarantee 
$120 per team, 7 person roster 
2 x 12′ halves 


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! Check out how they do it in Arkansas wine country in Altus and get ready for a great time!

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 to Little Rock for the first time as part of the Italian Food and Culture Festival on Sunday April 26, 2020. 

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