LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Little Rock Zoo) – A wild world of food and wine awaits guests at the 8th Annual Wild Wines of the World event at the Little Rock Zoo scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
This year's event, presented by Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings, has quickly become Arkansas's premier food and wine event with dozens of wines paired with food from more than 30 of central Arkansas's best restaurants. The unique wine and food stops are themed for particular wine countries and regions and also include other beverage stops for non-wine drinkers such as a margarita stop in Mexico and a beer stop in Germany.
The Reserve Wine Room experience in Café Africa will open an hour early at 6:00 p.m. and will feature eight high-quality wines. All wines for the event are donated and curated by Jonathan Looney, of O'Looney's Wine and Liquor in Little Rock, the only wine store owner in the state who is both a certified sommelier and certified specialist of wine. Those wines will be paired with delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres prepared by Cache Restaurant. This higher-end experience is available for only a $35 ticket upgrade but tickets are available in limited quantities.
"Wild Wines of the World features quality wines at every stop. O'Looney's has taken great pride in donating good quality wines to the Zoo and that means the Zoo has the best wine event in central Arkansas. These wines are high quality, interesting and unique and they showcase a variety of regions," said Susan Altrui, manager for the event and executive director of the Arkansas Zoological Foundation.
Guests to the event will also receive a souvenir wine glass and plate and are greeted at the front entrance with champagne. Guests then make their way around the Zoo to more than 30 stops where they will sample food and beverages and will likely meet some interesting animal friends showcased by the Zoo's docents.
Live musical entertainment this year will be provided by Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers, Brother Oz and Chris Henry. Poolboy with 107.7 and Tre Day with 92.3 will be DJ spinning the hottest tunes at the Zoo's main plaza for the after-party.
Tickets are $65 per person for general admission. Reserve Room tickets are $100 each and are limited. Tickets may be purchased online at
or by calling (501) 661-7208. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation to help the Little Rock Zoo purchase a new Train. Jump on Board!