The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival was the winner in the food-themed category of Arkansas Heritage’s 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame awards.

The food-themed event award, one of five categories in the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, honors a community food-themed event or festival that makes Arkansas a great place to live and visit.

Arkansas Heritage announced the winners on Tuesday.

The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame was launched by Arkansas Heritage in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’ iconic restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events. Nominations were accepted from the public in five categories: Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, Gone But Not Forgotten and People’s Choice.

Corn was declared the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Food of the Year for 2021.

More than 2,000 submissions were received from all 75 Arkansas counties for the 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Nominations were accepted from the public during the month of October. The selection committee includes Paul S. Austin, Jimmy Bryant, Chip Culpepper, Cindy Grisham, Stacy Hurst, Montine McNulty, Rex Nelson, Tim Nutt, Kat Robinson, Christina Shutt, Donna Uptigrove, David Ware and Stanley Young.

The winners in each category were:

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame
Feltner’s Whatta-Burger, Russellville (Pope County)
Monte Ne Inn Chicken, Rogers (Benton County)
Star of India, Little Rock (Pulaski County)

Proprietor of the Year
Matt McClure, Bentonville (Benton County)

Food-Themed Event
Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, Warren (Bradley County)

Gone But Not Forgotten
Roy Fisher’s Steak House, North Little Rock (Pulaski County)

People’s Choice
Bistro Bar & Grill, Helena-West Helena (Phillips County)