CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR – Two years ago, the Arkansas Pie Festival committee made the difficult decision to cancel due to the rising threat of the Covid-19 pandemic for the safety of our friends and neighbors. Today, we’re excited to announce that the outdoor festival will return to the Cherokee Village Town Center on April 16, 2022.
Why pie? Pie is one of the most beloved Southern foods. It is connected to some of our most nostalgic memories of home, family, holidays and those special moments around the kitchen table. Simply put – who doesn’t love pie?
“Let’s face it…we need some pie now more than ever,” said festival co-chair and Cherokee Village Community Developer Jonathan Rhodes. “After two years of fighting COVID and missing out on many of our favorite traditions, we are so excited to bring the Arkansas Pie Festival back. We look forward to welcoming Pie Lovers to Cherokee Village in April.”
The Arkansas Pie Festival will savor this much-loved food by hosting a competition between 20 professional pie makers from around the state. Judges and attendees will be able to sample pies of all varieties before crowning a champion baker. Pies from amateur and student bakers will also be on display and auctioned off for charity.
In addition to pie tasting, festival-goers will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, pie-eating and throwing contests, shopping at the Arkansas Pie Pop-up Shop, and much more.
Kat Robinson, Arkansas travel writing and leading authority on pie, will return as Festival Co-Chair. Kat has written the book on Arkansas Pie, A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, and recently released a second edition, Another Slice of Arkansas Pie. In 2018, Arkansas PBS premiered the documentary “Make Room For Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State” telling Kat’s story of crisscrossing the state in search of Arkansas’s best pies. Kat will be available to sign her guide and other Arkansas food-related books.
Festival proceeds will support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming and education through the community’s Spring River Innovation Hub.
Ticket sales will be available on-line starting in late February. Visit http://www.arkansaspiefestival.com to learn more about the festival including how to become a contestant or event sponsor.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Graycen Bigger at 870-335-7409.