First Course: Your Month in Food, Illustrated

Brunch, beer, black-owned food trucks, a brand-new taco place, and the best cotton candy flavors we never knew we needed

Philly Water Ice

One of the main goals of Little Rock’s Black Food Truck Festival, now in its fourth year, is to celebrate black entrepreneurship and culinary skills while highlighting the diversity of African-American businesses in Arkansas. Here you’ll find everything from catfish to smoked chicken nachos to Italian ice, all produced by black-owned businesses.

Sept. 7 | Search for “The AABP 4th Annual Black Food Truck Festival” on Facebook.

Need more to feed your food-truck fix? Don’t miss the Main Street Food Truck Festival in Little Rock on Sept. 22.

Local and Homebrewed Beer

Grab your lederhosen and your favorite stein because it’s time for the Little Rocktoberfest! Put on by the Central Arkansas Fermenters homebrew club, the fest will feature beer offerings from all over the world, in addition to plenty of beers from local breweries and homebrewers. Even better, a bratwurst dinner is included in the ticket price. Prost!

Sept. 21 |

Organic Cotton Candy

Listen: We’re not a hard sell when it comes to cotton candy, but when you throw in flavors such as mango chile or champagne, we might as well just hand over our wallets. And the fact that Lemon + Puf’s is both organic and vegan? Well, that practically makes it a health food, right? Visit Lemon + Puf’s cotton-candy cart at the Wunder Markets’ Autumn Market on Oct. 20 in Conway, or you can even rent the cart for your own event. 

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Honey Blackberry Chicken Biscuit

Brunch is probably our favorite meal, and here’s why: You don’t have to get up early. There are usually libations. And breakfast food just makes any situation better. But this month at Little Rock’s Heifer Village, brunch is getting its own festival with a smorgasbord of offerings from local restaurants like EJ’s Eats and Drinks (responsible for that chicken biscuit), Cathead’s Diner and Ceci’s Chicken & Waffles. Ticket sales benefit The Centers for Youth & Families.

Sept. 14 | Search for “Little Rock BrunchFest” on Facebook.

Prefer to drink your brunch? Read about Lost Forty’s Strawberry Brunch Muffin beer here.

Torchy’s Tacos 

When we found out Northwest Arkansas was getting the state’s first location from the popular Texas chain Torchy’s Tacos? Well, we were a little jealous down here in Little Rock, but if you think we’re above making a three-hour drive for tacos, then you don’t know us at all. We’re partial to the fried chicken “Trailer Park” taco, ourselves. Oh, and we “get it trashy” (hold the lettuce, add queso), of course.

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