Fleur Delicious Weekend Festival
|Country and Region||United States — Arkansas|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA|
An idea that started as a little event to celebrate Bastille Day has blossomed into a major new four-day festival entitled Fleur Delicious Weekend. The event is billed as one to delight all the senses. Sponsored by local businesses, the French-themed weekend will blend sophisticated food and beverages, art, and music with light-hearted entertainment and some goofy old-fashioned fun.
Promoter Ilene Powell, who had begun visiting Eureka Springs in 2002, had considered retiring here from New Orleans. Then she lost her home in the Katrina flood and moved here last year, several years ahead of her anticipated schedule.
In post-Katrina New Orleans, she said, many displaced service industry workers had financial troubles, and the local restaurant association started a foundation to raise funds to help them return home. Powell saw an opportunity for an event to celebrate Bastille Day, but as enthusiasm in the community grew, the single day expanded into a long weekend of food, art, wine and entertainment. She contacted Teresa DeVito to help her plan things, and began recruiting businesses to join the fun.
Powell hopes to eventually see a local foundation created to offer aid to hospitality industry workers in the Eureka Springs area who suffer natural disasters or injury; she wants an annual Fleur Delicious Weekend to provide some of the funding for the foundation.
|Festival Dates||July 11 - 15, 2012|