The Farmers' Market in Little Rock's downtown River Market District is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a week-long celebration marking the official opening of the 2009 season. On Saturday, April 25, the celebration will continue with a special presentation honoring longtime farmers and market participants, as well as community leaders who have contributed to the growth, promotion and enhancement of The Market. Of course, good food factors into the festivities!
The Pulaski Technical College Foundation, in partnership with the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School, will present the Little Rock Diamond Chef demonstration with four local chefs showcasing their culinary skills. The chefs will utilize fresh ingredients chosen from the Farmer's Market and will teach the audience how to prepare a few of their favorite recipes. Guests will be selected to sample their creations and recipes will be provided to all attendees. KATV Channel 7 news anchor Christina Munoz will emcee the event. Guests will have the opportunity to ask the chefs questions about their culinary creations and experiences.
The event will help promote the PTC Foundation's signature event, Diamond Chef Arkansas, to be held Tuesday, June 2 at the The Peabody -Little Rock. For information on the Diamond Chef Arkansas Finale, featuring chefs Donnie Ferneau and Michael Powell, click here!
10 a.m. - James Willis & Mary Beth Ringgold from Copper Grill
11 a.m. - David Miller, food & beverage director at Peabody-Little Rock
Noon - Cynthia East, lead instructor at PTC Arkansas Culinary School
1 p.m. - Brian Cochrane, executive chef at Lulav Restaurant
Patronized by locals and tourists alike, the Farmers' Market has served as a seasonal institution and favorite local destination for over three decades. Filled with farmers selling farm-fresh produce straight to consumers from the backs of their trucks from early morning until mid-afternoon every April through October, patrons can find bargains on Arkansas crops as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts and crafts.
River Market attractions, museums and shops are also getting in on the fanfare, offering special discounts, promotions and events of their own. A complete listing of anniversary highlights can be found on the Farmers' Market special 35th anniversary Web site at www.FarmersMarket35.com.