Saddlebock Brewery was the first in the now long chain of production breweries in Northwest Arkansas, and it happens to be located in a lovely location that’s technically Springdale but feels much farther away than the relatively short drive from east Fayetteville or Springdale conveys. It feels like the perfect spot for a getaway, and now up to four guests at a time can rent the cottage at the brewery for a quick getaway.
The place is listed on airbnb as having one bedroom and two beds, and it runs $125 a night or $475 for a week. It has a TV and Internet access, a septic system and great beer in walking distance.
Shorty’s Deli & Meat Market at 112 Southwinds Dr. in Farmington is a relatively new place to grab sandwiches, sides, deli meats and cheeses, burgers, meat fresh from the butcher and just about anything else you could need to cook out or host a party with little fuss on your part. They’re hosting their second steak night Saturday (May 16) form 5 to 8 p.m., where you can get a 12 to 14 ounce ribeye and half a pound of loaded baked potato salad for $12.
From what I hear from my friends in Louisiana, crawfish season is almost over, but you’ve got at least one more chance to grab some mudbugs for a good cause. Ales & Tails is May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Center. For $55 a person or $100 a couple (kids under 12 get in free) you’ll be able to sample not only fresh crawfish but also so great dishes from local restaurants like Cafe Rue Orleans, Jammin Java, Hammontrees, Slim Chickens, Off the Rail BBQ, Ginger, Eureka Pizza, GC Catering, Rolando’s, Baller Food Truck, Z’s Brick Oven Pizza and More. There will also be beer from a bunch of local (Apple Blossom, Core, Saddlebock, West Mountain), regional and beyond breweries. The event is a fund raiser for the local ALS foundation chapter.
Hogshead Tours is doing its first Farm and Food tour June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will start at Hello Cocoa, then visit Apple Seeds’ farm for its Picnic on the Farm event, where visitors will get a locally sourced picnic lunch, beverage and VIP blanket to sit on while dining and listening to live music. The day wraps up with a tour of White River Creamery and a cheese and wine tasting. Tickets are $100 and a central pickup location will be determined closer to the event.
In Northwest Arkansas we love our farmer’s markets, and chef Matthew McClure of the Hive is particularly enamored of the Bentonville Farmers’ Market. His tip got the market listed among America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets in Cooking Light magazine. McClure said the market “gets even better each year” and is notable for the diverse produce provided by local Hmong and Latin American farmers.
Speaking of Bentonville, the city is kicking off a new monthly food truck event, the Food Truck Series, which kicks off next Tuesday (that’s May 19) at TrickDilly, which is at 216 N. Main St. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature a pop up market from Bleachers, food specials and music by Pat Ryan Key.