STUTTGART, Ark. — The Arkansas Rice Expo is not only about growing rice, but also eating it.
This year’s Rice Expo is set for Friday, Aug. 2, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 U.S. 165 in Stuttgart. Doors open at 8 a.m.
“It’s natural for the Rice Expo to show the many healthy ways rice can fit into our meals,” said Chuck Wilson, director of the Rice Research and Extension Center, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The best rice recipe masters from across the state will be showing their dishes in the Rice Recipe Contest. Jennifer Martin will represent Cross County with her dish, Martin’s Rice Potato Salad. The chefs qualified from county competitions held earlier in the year. Check-in for the chefs is 8:30 a.m. in the UA-Phillips Community College conference room.
Speaking of recipes, the third edition of the rice cookbook will be available to the first 500 attendees of the Arkansas Rice Expo. Twenty-four recipes will be featured in this year’s book.
Limit one per family.
Miss Cross County Rice Jenna Martin and other Rice Queens from across the Delta will also be taking part and offering samples of their winning rice dishes to Expo goers.
At 10:30 in Classroom A, find out how to live gluten-free with rice, with Keith Cleek, area Extension Agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, which is part of the day’s family seminar series. Keith will be preparing fresh fruit tart from the recipe book.
Leigh Ann Bullington, Cross County Extension agent-family and consumer sciences, and Keith Cleek prepared the fresh fruit tart this week and Cross County Judge Jack Caubble tasted the finished product and suggested using fresh local peaches. Bullington and Cleek will be featured on KATV’s “Good Morning Arkansas” on Tuesday, July 30, preparing the tart.
Arkansas-grown rice and produce will be combined to make a dish that is vitamin rich as well as gluten free.
In Classroom B, Sloan Holzhauer, Poinsett County Extension agent, and Debbie Baker, Clay County Extension agent, will be performing Living Well With Rice cooking demonstrations featuring spinach rice balls and praline pumpkin rice pudding.
Lunch, catered by the Yoder Ruritan, begins at 12:15 p.m. and features catfish fried in rice bran oil.
Sen. Mark Pryor is set to be the keynote speaker. Also on the agenda are Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist, author and columnist, and Betsy Ward of the USA Rice Federation as the luncheon speaker.
To find out more about the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo, visit http://aaes.uark.edu/rice.html or follow us on Twitter at @ARicExpo