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No need to travel to Napa or Sonoma Valley for wine and food bliss because it can be found in our home state at the Eureka Springs Food and Wine Festival from Thursday through Sunday at various locations throughout the mountain village. The festival was started in 1993 with restaurants offering a culinary experience for everyone.

Restaurants will be dedicating nightly food and wine pairing specialties throughout the week exclusive to the festival. Linda Hager, owner and chef at the Cottage Inn will host a South America Wine Dinner from Thursday through Sunday, with each evening showcasing a different multi-course meal paired with South America’s best wines.

Other food and wine explorations for the weekend include Davito’s, The Stonehouse, Fresh: Farm to Table Fresh, Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Cave, Grand Tavern, Brew’s at KJ’s Caribe Restaurant.

Keels Creek Winery will host an event featuring wines of Arkansas with all-day tastings on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there will be a special wine event from 3 to 6 p.m. with small plate appetizers with local Arkansas wineries.

For a complete schedule of events, visit tinyurl.com/l8tzoma or tinyurl.com/l8ncgh3

THE VALUE

  • 2014 Domaine Bousquet, Argentina¬†(about $14 retail)

THE SPLURGE

  • NV Keels Creek Winery Muscat, Arkansas, 375 mL (about $15 retail)