You may not see grapes all over the hills in Tontitown today, but the festival rings back to a different time.
Grapes used to cover the hills throughout the town and became the center of an annual festival. The grapes are still incorporated, you can find grape ice cream out at the event. Although “grape” is in the event’s name, the festival is known for its pasta. Co-chairman of the grape festival, Joseph Pianalto, says the pasta’s popularity has grown the event over years.
Pianalto says, “It’s just gotten so much bigger. It’s gone from being a small community thing. When it started, it actually started as a community picnic for the church into something that we do for the whole community.”
You can get in on the pasta yourself. The first spaghetti dinner takes place Thursday from 4:30-8:30p.m. If you miss it, don’t worry, it’s happening at the same time on Friday and Saturday too.
See a full schedule of events here.