Event chair Cindle Meyer wearing a dress from BARBARA/JEAN, jewelry from ROBERSON'S FINE JEWELRY.

We’ve heard that red wine is good for heart health, which is all the more reason to attend central Arkansas’ largest wine festival on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Dickey-Stephens Park. Event chairs Cindle and Ryan Meyer will host the 15th annual event featuring bites from local restaurants and hundreds of wines ranging from moscato to malbec and everything in between. The evening celebrates and benefits the Arkansas Heart Association’s ongoing mission to save lives across the state.

Here, Cindle Meyer shares what guests can expect at the upcoming event.

How did you become involved with the Arkansas Heart Association?
We all know someone impacted by heart disease. For me, it was my grandfather. Family history plays a huge part in heart health, so I know it is something I need to be aware of. Also, as a woman, it is important we know heart disease is the number one killer of women. Awareness is key and seeing the work the American Heart Association (AHA) is doing to educate and increase awareness is really amazing. I served on the leadership committee for Festival of Wines last year, so when I was approached to chair the event this year with my husband Ryan, I jumped at the opportunity.

For someone who’s never attended the event, how would you describe it?
It’s the perfect date night or night out with friends. The event allows someone to try foods from 16 great local restaurants while sampling hundreds of wines from all over the world.

What can folks expect at this year’s event?
In addition to the incredible food and wines, guests won’t want to miss out on our auction! We have some fantastic items up for grabs, including a getaway to Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, wine tastings and a dinner for 10 provided by Chef Coby Smith. The group the B-Flats are back this year to provide music. Our evening will also include four signature cocktails along with the wines.

And of course — the wine! What types of wines will be available to taste?
We will have hundreds of wines on hand from around the world from countries including Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Spain and Argentina. We’ll have something to please everyone’s palate from moscato to chardonnay to malbecs and syrahs. All of the wine is provided thanks to Central and Moon Distributors, which has been supporting the event since it began.

What makes this event stand out from others?
The evening continues to make a difference long after the event is over. Heart disease and stroke impact all of us. We all know someone who has been impacted by these in some way. By coming out to the event, guests support the AHA’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The event is more than an evening out — it’s contributing to the health of our communities and making a difference (while having a lot of fun!).

Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Tickets + Info: FestivalOfWines.Heart.org