Ozark Harvest Food Fest set for Sept. 11

As if you needed another reason to stop by the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, the folks behind Ozark Slow Food, Single Parent Scholarship Fund, and the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market have provided one for you.

This weekend, the first ever Ozark Harvest Food Festival is happening from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 in downtown Fayetteville.

Center Street and Block Avenue will be closed off around the square, and several local restaurants will have booths set up featuring signature dishes made with local ingredients for your sampling pleasure. Tables will be set up on Arvest plaza for eating, and Watching Lucy will provide live music from 10 a.m.-noon.

Attendees will be able to purchase tickets for $1 each, and 3-6 tickets will score you a food item from one of the eight local restaurants participating in the inaugural event. 10 tickets will get you a combo plate featuring a sampling of all the items from a particular vendor.

Also, Farmers’ Market vendors on each of the four sides of the square will team up in a sculpture competition featuring hand-crafted sculptures made from their products. Each team will create their own food-inspired creation, and the public will choose a winner on Mountain Street between 10:30-11 a.m.

Finally, local artist group “Women With A Message” will create food-inspired artwork that will be on display on the four corners of the square.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Long story short: local food, art, music, charity, party. Who’s hungry?

Ozark Harvest Food Festival

Date: Sept. 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square
Tickets: Food tickets are $1. Food items range from 3-10 tickets.