Mt. Sequoyah, Cureate to host Eclipse Food Festival

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Mount Sequoyah partners up with the local business, Cureate to bring an early taste and a way to celebrate the total solar eclipse.

“Super excited and honored to be part of this food festival,” said Allie Jones, jam and jelly confectioner and owner of JAML Jams.

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Jones says the local business aims to spread joy through Northwest Arkansas-grown ingredients made into jam.

“We are making two incredible dishes for the Eclipse Food Festival. We’ve got a sweet one and a savory one,” said Jones.

Jones and 20 local businesses are showcasing their products and skills at the Eclipse Food Festival. She’s partnering with Ozark Charcuterie to bring two dishes. One is an eclipse-themed blueberry brie moon bite.

“It’s shaped into a crescent moon, of course, on top of a buttered cracker. And that’s going to be drizzled with a blueberry champagne jam,” said Jones.

“We wanted to tap into the eclipse energy that is coming on April 8,” said Kim Bryden, CEO of Cureate, a business that offers courses for NWA entrepreneurs and farmers.

Partnering with Mount Sequoyah, Bryden says the festival will have live music by a local DJ, offer skills from local businesses, and give away solar eclipse glasses.

“Being able to see this growing community of farm food and beverage entrepreneurs growing and working together in collaboration,” said Bryden.

Bryden says the price is $15 and free for kids under 10. She says she hopes it will be a celebration between the community and the eclipse.

“Both supporting your local small business community and also celebrating this awesome once-in-a-lifetime moment,” said Bryden.

As for Jones, she hopes her JAML Jams mission will continue throughout the festival.

“Just a community of connection that is spreading joy, and that means so much. That’s what our mission is,” said Jones.

The event is set for April 4, at Mount Sequoyah from 4:30-7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets for the event here.

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