Edible Events: Aug-Sept 2017
More events are also posted on our Events Calendar regularly so be sure to check in often for updated info.
August 3 & Sept 21, Thursdays, 6:30pm
Fork + Bottle Dinner Series Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., Louisville A monthly dinner series highlighting guest brewers, distillers and winemakers with special pairings for tasting menus prepared by Executive Chef Mike Wajda. August features Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey Distillery; September presents Drew Kulsveen of Willett Distillery. Series continues October 10. For reservations: 502-217-6360. ProofOnMain.com
August 4 & Sept 1, Fridays, 5–8pm
Wilderness Trail Distillery Summer Jam 4095 Lebanon Rd., Danville The summer heat is turned up and Wilderness Trail Distillery is ready to crank up the music with good music and great beverages. August 4 performance by Michael Evces from Danville. September 1 concert features Jonathan New, guitarist with the West Coast Turnarounds. For information: Emily Toadvine, emily@ wildernesstrailky.com, 859-402- 8707. WildernessTrailKy.com
Aug 4, Sept 8, & Oct 6 Fridays, 6:30pm
Seed to Feed Dinner Series Yuko-En on the Elkhorn 700 Cincinnati Rd., Georgetown A monthly dinner series combining beautiful locations with locally sourced seasonal menus by top chefs. August dinner features Chef Dan Wu of Atomic Ramen in Lexington and Chef Justin Thompson of Local Feed. September 8 dinner is at Royal Spring Park with Chef Mark Jensen of Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, Lexington. Sponsored by Georgetown/ Scott County Tourism. Tickets at LocalFeedKy.com or at Local Feed, 214 Water St., Georgetown. 502-883-2547.
August 10, Thursday, 6:30pm
Appalachian Benefit Dinner Lockbox, 167 W. Main St. Lexington As part of Lockbox’s dedication to supporting and celebrating local foodways, a number of guest chefs will join Chef Jonathan Searle for a special dinner and a cocktail hour benefitting the Appalachian Food Summit. Author Ronni Lundy, a food activist and award winning author will be presenting thoughts on Appalachian food culture. Proceeds from the event, including a silent auction, will go directly to the Appalachian Food Summit, which serves as the educational arm supporting Grow Appalachia, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining Appalachian foodways and families. www. lockboxlex.com/appalachian-benefit-dinner/
August 11 & Sept 8, Fridays, 6–10pm
Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series Foxhollow Farm, 8905 Kentucky 329, Crestwood The farm opens for all to enjoy music, local food and good company. August 11: Brooks Ritter with Andrew Hibbard. September 8: Hog Operation with Pennies & Roses. Bring blankets, chairs and even pets (on leash). Rain or shine. Tickets $10 online or $12 at the door and include admission and parking; children 12 and under free. Foxhollow.com
August 12, Saturday, 6–9:30pm
Smith-Berry Winery Summer Concert Series Smith-Berry Winery, 855 Drennon Rd., New Castle Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy dinner, music and Smith-Berry wine. Music by country-pop singer Olivia Henken starts at 6:30pm. Other concert dates are August 26: Lunar Beach House beach music band, and Smith Berry Winery’s 15th Anniversary Party. September 9: Brutally Handsome, an Eagles tribute band. September 23: Rumour, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Tickets: SmithBerryWinery.com
August 17–27, Thursday–Sunday
Kentucky State Fair 937 Philips Ln., Louisville Eleven days of celebrating the best of Kentucky livestock, horses, agriculture, music, rides, food and exhibits representing the cultural heritage and diversity of the Commonwealth. KYStateFair.org
August 18, Friday, 7–11pm
Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards 19816 Huber Rd., Borden, IN Enjoy a night of live music and wine at Huber’s Summer Concert featuring Endless Summer Band. HuberWinery.com
August 19, Saturday, 10am–noon
Smart Gardens and Landscapes: Garden Harvest Feast Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 2499 Clermont Rd., Clermont The Slow Food movement and the growing desire to know where our food comes from has revived interest in harvesting vegetables and fruits from our own gardens. Join local chef Mark Williams and horticulturist Casey Hammett for an unforgettably entertaining morning as they demonstrate how to create delectable dishes from the garden harvest. Bernheim members $15; nonmembers $20. Register: https://bernheim. org/event/smart-gardens-andlandscapes- garden-harvestfeast/
August 19, Saturday, 6:39-10:29pm
Connect at Bernheim Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, Clermont Challenge your mind and delight your senses with live musical performances, a light sculpture competition, and hands-on experiences for adults and families. $5/person, 2 & under free. Bernheim.org.
August 18–19, Friday 3–10pm, Saturday 10am–9pm
The Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree MB Roland Distillery, 137 Barkers Mill Rd., Pembroke Western Kentucky’s newest festival , including a ticketed VIP dinner, meet & greet and industry panel. Early bird drink tickets available beginning August 1. Must be 21 or older to redeem. Call 270-640-7744 or email email@example.com to order tickets. MBRoland.com/events/ kentucky-bourbon-mashoree/
August 19, Saturday, 6:30–10:30pm
The Bourbon Mixer The Henry Clay, 604 S. 3rd St., Louisville Two of Louisville’s most spirited social groups, the Whisky Chicks and the Bourbon Brotherhood, will come together to host their fourth annual fundraiser, this year to benefit Best Buddies Kentucky. Samples available from 16 distilleries, as well as cocktails and bourbon treats. Music, open bar with beer and wine and silent auction. Tickets are $125. BourbonMixer.com
August 20, 22 Sunday, 5–11pm Tuesday, 6:30pm
Varanese 10th Anniversary Celebration Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave., Louisville Varanese is celebrating a great decade with live music, drink and menu specials, complimentary cake and a champagne toast at 9pm. On Tuesday, Varanese will offer a Retrospective Dinner: a fivecourse meal featuring favorite menu items from the past 10 years. Reservations required: 502-899-9904, Varanese.com
August 21 & Sept 18, Mondays, 5:45–7:45pm
From the Ground Up Farm Tour Series Elmwood Stock Farm, Paris Road, Georgetown Learn how your food is grown, who grows it and how your food choices affect your health and the health of your community. Owner Mac Stone shares the ecology and economy of locally grown organic food in an entertaining and educational discussion and tour. Series continues October 18. To register: ElmwoodStockFarm. com/farmtours
August 24, Thursday, 5:30–9pm
Food Literacy Project Field-to- Fork Dinner & Silent Auction Oxmoor Country Club, 9000 Limehouse Ln., Louisville An elegant five-course dinner prepared by some of Louisville’s finest local chefs. Each course features the region’s freshest ingredients. Proceeds of this eighth annual event benefit Food Literacy Project’s education programming. For tickets: FoodLiteracyProject.org
August 25–27, Friday–Sunday
Bourbon Women Sip-osium Conference Historic Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Louisville Enjoy a full weekend of bourbon workshops with industry experts, tastings, mixology lessons, distillery excursions, receptions and more. Members $250, others $300 (includes oneyear membership). Register at BourbonWomen.org.
August 27, Sunday, 3-6pm
Summer Hummer Buzz Fest Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood Guests will have an opportunity to meet area experts, hummingbirds and learn about bees too! Yew Dell’s Summer Hummer Buzz Fest is a great way to spend a few hours enjoying the gardens and learning about some of Mother Nature’s most amazing marvels: the birds & the bees! Free with Regular Admission YewDellGardens.org.
September 1–4, Friday–Sunday 11am–11pm, Monday 11am–7pm
WorldFest Belvedere, between 5th and Main Streets, Louisville Celebrating 15 years of Louisville’s cultural diversity, WorldFest is one of the region’s largest international festivals, bringing together food, music, dance and cultures from all over the world. LouisvilleKy. gov/government/city-events/ worldfest
September 2–3, Saturday & Sunday
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Rd., Louisville Live bluegrass music, bourbon and barbecue—for years, that’s how Louisville has celebrated the last days of summer. Celebrate the true “spirit” of Kentucky with tastings of top handcrafted bourbons in our very own Bourbon Tasting Lounge with Four Roses Bourbon. KentuckyBluegrassFestival.com
September 7, Thursday, 6-10pm
Craft Beer Throwdown Bowman Field, 3345 Roger E. Schupp St., Louisville For a $20 donation, attendees can taste exclusive brews and regular favorites from six local breweries, enjoy food trucks and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless and its efforts to prevent an end youth homelessness in Louisville. Sponsored by Kosair Charities Tickets: 502-636-9550 or LouHomeless.org.
September 9, Saturday
Simpsonville Fall Festival Fred Wiche Park, 7026 Shelbyville Rd., Simpsonville A family-friendly festival hosting a variety of events and attractions ranging from 40-foot slides and zip lines to human hamster balls and traditional country breakfast featuring locally made sausage. VisitShelbyKy.com
September 11–17, Monday–Sunday
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival Spalding Hall, 1 Court Square, Bardstown The Kentucky Bourbon Festival offers six full days of smooth bourbon, delicious food and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black-tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family. KYBourbonFestival.com
September 17, Sunday, 2-5 pm
reGeneration Fair 2017 Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1410 North Frankfort Avenue (at River Road) Our 3rd annual free fair on the site of the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens will feature food trucks, live music, environmental displays, and activities for guests of all ages. Louisville Visual Art will also host a Plein Air Paint Out onsite from 8 am-3 pm. waterfrontgardens.org/event/ regeneration-fair-2017
September 22, Friday, 6–10pm
Jammin’ at Jeptha Concert Jeptha Creed Distillery 500 Gordon Ln., Shelbyville Jeptha’s final concert of the season featuring J.D. Shelburne. Rock the night away with J.D. and his band. Great music, great drinks and most of all great company. Meet and greet with autograph signing after the show. Food trucks available 5–9pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. JepthaCreed.com
September 23–24, Saturday & Sunday, beginning at 10:30am
Bourbon and Beyond Champions Park, 2050 River Rd., Louisville A festival offering a great blend of bourbon, food and music, including Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller Band, Eddie Vedder, among others. Also presentations from noted chefs Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Chris Cosentino, Dean Corbett. BourbonAndBeyond.com
September 24, Sunday, 3pm
Slow Money Kentucky Gathering Farm to Fork Catering 2425 Portland Ave., Louisville Slow Money KY is a great way to invest and become vested in our community. Want to learn about future projects? Join the next meeting where future projects are presented. Contact Larry Snyder, mrlarrysnyder@ gmail.com, to RSVP.
September 30, Saturday, 11am–11pm
NuLu Festival 700–900 blocks of East Market Street, Louisville Ninth annual street festival celebrating the revitalization of Louisville’s East Market District. Enjoy live music, microbrewed beer and numerous food and retail booths by local vendors. Free and offers activities for all ages. NuluFest.com
Sept 26–28, Tuesday–Thursday
IdeaFestival Kentucky Center for the Arts, 600 E. Main St., Louisville IdeaFestival is a celebration of the curious, with the goal of inspiring all people to embrace the excitement and possibilities of new ideas. This year’s event will again bring together an impressive list of emerging and well-known influencers and creative thinkers from a variety of disciplines. IdeaFestival.com
September Details to be Announced
“Let’s host the World’s Largest Potluck” We Are Louisville’s Big Table In an effort to break the world’s largest potluck record, the nonprofit We are Louisville is hoping to gather over 2,000 people to share food and community. Bring a dish that represents your family, culture, or holds meaning and make some new friends. To sign-up for training on how to be a table host: WeAreLouisville.org.
Save the Date!
October 13 & 14, Friday, beginning at 6:30pm, Saturday, 11am-7pm
Bourbonanza Various locations, downtown Frankfort Showcasing bourbon distillers, wineries, and beer from around the state, local food, and live music. Rare bourbon auction, VIP tours of distilleries in and around Frankfort, and events at St. Clair Mall downtown Frankfort, and the lawn of the Old Capitol. Proceeds benefit Downtown Frankfort Inc. (DFI), Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission. Tickets: $50/person; $75/couple. Child care provided. For schedule: Bourbonanza.com.