Special Events

A Taste of Italy

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – Chenal Country Club

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 $1750 purse. Payouts are as follows:

  • 1st Place $1000
  • 2nd Place $500
  • 3rd 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!

Waiters Race

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 as part of the Italian Food and Wine Festival on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at the James H. Penick Boys & Girls Club.

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 establishment.

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

This is a great opportunity for servers and bartenders to represent their restaurant or bar!

Italian Wine Tasting

The Italian Food & Wine Festival will host an Italian Wine Tasting in conjunction with the festival on the grounds of Penick Boys and Girls Club. 

The tasting will  be held each night of the festival from 5-7pm Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 and will feature upwards of 50 wines from Italian producers, and Italian-American owned producers. 

There’s nothing more Italian than wine so please join us to learn about wines from all the major wine-producing regions of Italy including Tuscan Sangiovese, big reds and lovely Moscato from the Piedmont, and crisp whites and sparkling Prosecco from the Veneto. 

Tickets are $35 and will include entry into the festival.