Pesto Fest will return to Fayetteville this weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 7, for its eighth consecutive year. The festival, dedicated to the basil-based concoction, is the largest fundraiser of the year for Tri Cycle Farms, a local non-profit farm.
The event features a pesto making competition judged by local chefs, as well as live music and other exciting activities.
Attendees can expect music from Tater, Mater & Squarsh, Opal Agafia, Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, and Ashtyn Barbaree and the Barbarians. Kids activities include an appearance by the Greedy Goats of NWA and appearances Island Pacific Dancers of Northwest Arkansas and Puppets in the Park.
The event will also feature food from Lucky Luke’s BBQ, Ozark Natural Foods and Rockin’ Baker Academy. Beer and cider from local breweries will be available.
The event will take place from 4 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Tri Cycle Farms at 1705 N. Garland Ave. in Fayetteville.
Tri Cycle Farms began as a personal response to a neighbor’s food insecurity, according to the organization’s website. By 2011, Tri Cycle Farms’ founder, Don Bennett, purchased two acres of over-grown land behind his house and with a coalition of community volunteers, a farm-raising movement began.
In October of that same year, the field was cleared by a volunteer force of 119 community members. The next day, the mayor tilled the soil, and the urban heritage farm was reborn. An endeavor that started with two food insecure individuals has grown to over 1,000 engaged community members.
Advance tickets are $30. For more information, tickets, or to register for the event, visit tricyclefarms.org.
Image courtesy of Pesto Fest and Tri Cycle Farms