Dear Cornbreaders,

It’s been a crazy year, to say the least. We were hoping to have another stellar year of Cornbread supporting the SoMa community, but, as we all know, the pandemic threw us a curveball. We’ve worked with our board and volunteers, then asked ourselves, “Could we make something happen this year? What kind of activities would be feasible? What might the Festival look like?” Ultimately, there were bigger elephants in the room. One, the safety of our festival goers, volunteers, and vendors who make it happen. Two, the volunteers who plan and design the festival for the community have bigger priorities to focus on, such as their families and their livelihoods. The pandemic has affected everyone.

So, this year, we need to focus on our friends, our families, and ourselves. Work has changed. Home has changed. Free time has changed. It’s hard to ask people to focus on something other than what’s in front of them. We’ve always heard “you can’t be effective in helping other people if you don’t take care of yourself,” and our group needs to take care of their own personal needs and community in order to help everyone else.

But have no fear! The Arkansas Cornbread Festival will be back, better than ever. For this year, we are suspending the 2020 Cornbread Festival, and you may not see much in the way of media while we focus on other priorities. We need this Festival. Our community needs this festival. Our volunteers and supporters are still focusing on the community and the small businesses that need us, but just in a different way. And we can’t wait to bring back the energy for next year. Check in when you can, and we look forward to connecting with you and the community soon.

Cosmo and Friends

Vendor and Cornbread Competition applications coming soon!

Love music? How about food? And art?

Arkansas Cornbread Festival has been serving up all this and more since 2011.

This fun festival is packed with unique things to see and do. The cornbread competition puts culinary skills to the test for home cooks and professional chefs alike. The main stage and a couple of small entertainment spots, present a full day of music from a variety of incredibly talented acts. Local brews and tasty nosh from area restaurants and yummy food trucks fuel both body and soul, and unique Arkansas gifts–along with the artists who made them–can be found in the South Main (SoMa) community in Little Rock at the Arkansas Cornbread Festival. With the Cosmo Kids Zone, even the littlest festers will find big fall fun in SoMa.

Admission is free, but to savor every morsel of the Cornbread experience, be sure to purchase a Cornbread Tasting Ticket. With a ticket, you can sample each competitor’s recipe then vote for your favorite cornbread contender. Your votes determine who will receive cash-prizes for best cornbread and side item!

A true fan favorite, droves of folks head to SoMa year after year to experience this award-winning festival. With so much fun, food, music and artisan creations, it’s easy to see why. Save the date, Saturday, November 7, 2020 and come discover the magic of Cornbread in Little Rock’s delightfully eclectic SoMa neighborhood.

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2016 Cornbread Festival

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2014 Cornbread Festival

2013 Cornbread Festival

2012 Cornbread Festival