Mulberry’s Edamame Festival is today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mulberry City Park.
Festival goers can taste edamame, listen to live local music, ride a helicopter, shop and much more at what is one of the first festivals of the season, said Monica Freeland with the Mulberry Mayor’s Office.
This is the third year for the festival, and Fort Smith Radio Group will be broadcasting live during the event. The festival is free to attend.
Festival activities include live, local music on the park pavilion, an Edamame Princess pageant, face painting, a kid’s bouncy house, helicopter rides provided by Arkansas Helicopters LLC., and shopping.
Information booths for local services and civic groups will also be at the festival, with several offering raffle drawings.
Back again this year is the Edamame Experience booth, presented by Ray Chung, president of Greenwave Foods and American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc.
Last year, Chung and his assistants offered festival goers samples of both a chicken and a bean salad featuring edamame, and plain steamed edamame.
AVSE products such as Cruncha Ma-Me, a healthy freeze-dried version of edamame, also will be available during the festival.
Additional festival parking will be available at the old Mulberry market with shuttles running to the park. Handicapped accessible parking will be available at the festival site.
Free parking also will be offered at Bluff Hole and Vine Prairie parks.