Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation

Jason Irby Presents:  Seventh (7th) Annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month

Click Here to Download the Event Program:  2022 Legends Among Us Program

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5th Annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month

The Jason Irby Innovation Foundation sponsors the

Black Indian & Native American Heritage Fair on

November 10, 2018

Jason Irby Presents:  Third Annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month

The Arkansas Signature Food Contest has been postponed until 2017.

Food Contest - Post Poned

Arkansas Signature Food Contest

Official Rules

The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest is open to the public.  Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry.  Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.  Contestants must submit a typed recipe of the original dish including the dish name and cooking instructions.  The food dish must pertain an entrée native to Arkansas. For example, seafood, arctic, tropical, etc., are not appropriate.

The name of the original dish must include “Arkansas” or a city or municipality within Arkansas.

Entry fee is $50.00 and may be submitted through PayPal to jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com.  Entry fee is non-refundable.


Contest Entry

To enter, contestants will need to send:

  • Contestant Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Name of Signature Dish
  • Recipe with Cooking Instructions

To enter by Email, send the contest entry information to:  jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com

To enter by Postal Mail, send contest entry information and $50.00 entry fee to:

Jason Irby Innovation Foundation

P.O. Box 55883

Little Rock, Arkansas 72175

Please make checks payable to the Jason Irby Innovation Foundation.

Contestants will be contacted to confirm entry and given an assigned time slot to prepare and present the original dish. Contest judging schedule will be announced.

Judging is based on

  • Originality
  • Taste
  • Presentation
  • Simplicity (ease of preparation)

The grand finale judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds located at 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72206, during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Specific judging location at the state fair will be announced.  Each contestant must bring their personal utensils and any equipment needed to prepare the dish.


1st place $1,000

2nd place $500

3rd place $250

Any increases in prize amounts will be announced.  The winning dish becomes eligible to be named as the official signature dish for Arkansas.

By entering the contest, contestants authorize recipes to be used by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIFF) for promotional purposes and consent to releases required by JIIF.  Taxes and associated fees from prizes are the responsibility of the prize winner.

The contest entry deadline is August 31, 2016.

For more information about the contest, visit www.jasonirby.wordpress.com.

Arkansas Signature Food Contest

After awarding 5 recipients as “Legend Among Us” before an enthusiastic  audience at the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, author Jason Irby announced his pledging of the first $500.00 to establish a contest that would create a signature Arkansas food dish.

Irby is an author, and founding chairman of Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation (JIIF).   Secretary/Treasurer, Tiffaney Lewis also pledged a matching $500.00 in prize money.

Irby first revealed the initiative to establish a Signature Arkansas Food Dish Contest after reading IT’S OFFICIAL! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols, by Arkansas Capital Historian David Ware.  Irby then began looking closer into the matter.

“We actually do not have a signature food dish named after Arkansas or township within it.  Other states and cities do,” Irby stated.  “I began talking with officials in the Secretary of State Office and continually communicating with them and researching. “

As Irby began to reach out to others, a committee and partnerships were formed. Decisions and details are currently before the committee.  The grand finale and judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair.  Contest entry fee is $50.00.


Judging categories will consist of originality, taste, ease of preparation, and presentation.  Partners in this endeavor include the Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation, Arkansas State Fair, Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute, and others.

To learn more about the Arkansas Signature Food Contest visit http://www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or to contact Jason Irby directly via email at jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com.

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