Pesto Fest back for another year!


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — With food, music, and pesto from several local chefs, Pesto Fest has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Pesto Fest is the largest ‘farm raiser’ of the year to support nonprofit, Tri Cycle Farms.

Director of the farm, Don Bennett said he was inspired to start the farm about eight years ago after speaking to a friend working multiple jobs. He said she still didn’t have enough money to cover basic needs.

“A lot of times what happened was food was last on the list when it should be first,” Bennett said. “I learned that one in four children in Arkansas are food insecure in an agricultural state. And that shocked me.”

Bennett said part of what the farm does is teach people about food. He said the money raised from the fundraiser will help fund educational programs.

“43% of our food is wasted across this country. It’s a shame,” Bennett said. “It’s a slap in the face to all the farmers who grow that food with sweat, tears, blood to get that food on the shelves of the American grocery stores.”

Pesto Fest takes place Saturday, September 7 at Tri Cycle Farms in Fayetteville from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.

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