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Arkansas pie festival

Cherokee Village


April 29, 2023


Festival goers will get to taste samples from 20 professional bakers from across Arkansas who will be promoting their best pie. 


Come meet Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen 2022 Karsyn Thompson of Pocahontas who will be helping us celebrate. Karsyn Thompson currently attends Black River Technical College and works in the Arkansas Third Judicial District as a Victim Advocate for Lawrence County. Karsyn is passionate about volunteering with the Eddie Mae Herron Center in Pocahontas along with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. 


In addition to pie tasting, festival goers will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, pie eating contests, and shopping at the Arkansas Pie Pop-up Shop.  The day will culminate with awards given for the best pies and best professional, home chef and youth bakers in Arkansas, along with a People’s Choice Award.


Come meet Kat Robinson, our festival co-chair, at the Arkansas Pie Festival.

Kat Robinson is Arkansas’s food historian and enthusiastic road warrior. The Little Rock-based author is the producer and Emmy-nominated host of Arkansas Dairy Bars: Neat Eats and Cool Treats (2021), the host of the Emmy-nominated documentary Make Room for Pie: A Delicious Slice of The Natural State (2018), and host of the Arkansas PBS program Home Cooking with Kat and Friends.


Robinson is also a member of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame committee, a co-chair of the Arkansas Pie Festival, and the Arkansas fellow to the  National Food and Beverage Museum. In 2022, she was selected as the Best Author in the Arkansas Times Readers Choice Awards.

Her most recent book, outside of the just released The Great Arkansas Pie Book, iis the cookbook Arkansas Cookery: Retro Recipes from The Natural State. In the latter, Robinson examines mid-century cookbooks from all over Arkansas and delivers more than 100 dishes she researched, redacted, cooked, and photographed over the course of 12 days at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.


Learn more about all things Arkansas pie with our festival co-chair Kat Robinson.  Pick up a copy of her pie guides, check out the Arkansas PBS documentary or go on your own pie pilgrimage before the festival. 

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