The festival includes food from many of Central Arkansas’s favorite Italian and Mediterranean eateries. There are also exclusive wine tastings during two nights of the festival, featuring dozens of wines from both Italian and Italian-American producers. There is also a grape stomping contest, a waiter’s race (with local servers and bartenders), and a sauce cooking contest.
Additionally, the festival hosts a “Taste of Italy” dinner in Little Rock. This “multi-course creative culinary experience” showcases traditional wines from across Italy expertly paired with Italian regional dishes.