We’ve certainly got great food – but this festival’s got plenty of Italian culture too!

It’s up to us to get the word out around the world that we are making history in Arkansas April 20 – 21. The inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival is being presented by Relyance Bank to support the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas.

This Press Kit provides everything you need to get the word out. So what are you waiting for? Help us share these great resources:

For Immediate Release

Information Contact:
Patrick Presley
(501) 580-3434

Inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival debuts in North Little Rock

Scheduled April 20 – April 21 to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas


NORTH LITTLE ROCK (February 21, 2018) – Immerse yourself in Italian culture at the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, presented by Relyance Bank, coming to North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock on Friday, April 20, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

“The goal is that when you’re at the festival and close your eyes and listen, and smell the food, that you will be inundated with an Italian feeling and atmosphere. Being on the river in North Little Rock adds an additional element to that experience,” said festival co-founder Justin Acri.

For only $5 per person at the Willow Street entrance – and kids five and under are free – everyone in Central Arkansas can feel Italian for a day. Activities include Baggo and bocce tournaments with cash payouts, an Italian car show, youth and adult soccer tournaments, live entertainment, celebrity and kids grape stomping, cooking lessons, a kids zone and a sauce cooking competition. And, of course, there will be a wide array of Italian foods and a variety of wines and other beverages to enjoy.

There will also be an Italian Film Spotlight and VIP Reception on Thursday, April 19, 5:30 p.m., at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. For $25 per person, attendees will watch “Moonstruck” and “I Sopravvissuti (‘The Survivors’).” Food will be provided by Southern Table, and there will be a specialty cocktail, popcorn and candy.

Besides enjoying everything Italian, participants can feel good knowing that all proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas, a nonprofit that provides programs to help children develop into well-rounded adults and productive, responsible citizens.

“We believe this festival will literally help to change lives for the better all over North Little Rock and Little Rock,” said Patrick Presley, resource development director for the nonprofit and festival co-founder. “It is a true blessing on so many levels, and we are so grateful to Relyance Bank for making this vision a reality.”

For more information, visit www.ARItalianFestival.com and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ARItalianFest.

The Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival is supported by Relyance Bank and many other companies and organizations.


Help us spread the word on your favorite social media platform with these downloadable posts.

North Little Rock Times

“North Little Rock: Warm Welcome for Italian Festival”


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“New Festival Showcases Italian Food”


Little Rock Soirée

“Mark Your Calendars for the Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival”


Little Rock Family

“Italian Food & Culture Festival to Debut in North Little Rock”


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“Local Italian Festival to Offer Food, Wine, & Fun”

Good Afternoon Arkansas

“Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival Happening Next Weekend”


Arkansas Times

“Ciao on the River: First Italian Food & Culture Festival is Saturday”

Our festival is getting national attention! One of our fearless leaders, Patrick Presley, appeared on the Sue and Kevin Mcarthy Travel Show to share that we’re MAKING HISTORY here in Arkansas. Listen to the recording to learn more about the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival presented by Relyance Bank to support the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas.