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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Roach

Taste of the Bluegrass - A 'Must Be There' Event!

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Ever go out to eat and order something "safe" because you don't want to run the risk of getting something you're not really crazy about? Ever wish there was a sampler platter not only for one restaurant's favorite appetizers, but for several different vendors? Wouldn't it be great if they paired all this delicious food with lively music sure to get your toes tappin', a silent auction filled with goodies galore, and made the whole event benefit a wonderful local charity? Voila! Your fairy godmothers, the KY Taste Buds, have granted your wish! It's called Taste of the Bluegrass, and it will be held Friday, May 17, at the historic Keene Barn on the grounds of Keeneland Race Track.

This annual event raises money for God's Pantry Food Bank, an organization that serves 50 counties in Kentucky. Did you know that 1 in 6 Kentuckians are unsure about where they'll get their next meal? This is a much-needed service and it requires lots of people working together. It also requires a LOT of money. This is where you can help. Get your tickets today by clicking here. And as your fairy godmothers, we are gonna save you $15 bucks off the ticket price if you use the code "Buds19". Aren't we the sweetest? Not only will you have a fun evening, but you can be confident knowing that while you are tripping the light fantastic, the proceeds are going to help families right here in our state have food on their table. Oh, and keep in mind, $60 of your ticket price is tax deductible! Talk about a win, win!

While neither of us has ever been to Taste of the Bluegrass (I know, we can't believe it either), we did have the opportunity to attend the preview party at the Kentucky Castle a few weeks back, so we got to sample offerings from top-notch participants like Castle & Key Distillery, Dad's Favorites, BHG Group, Sweet Lilu's Catering, Sedona Taphouse and Shakespeare & Co. We can attest to the deliciousness of every dish! And just think, on the night of the 17th there will have over 60 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Our only advice is to bring your elastic pants.

In addition, the one and only Chef Jason Smith, winner of the 13th season of Food Network Star, will be judging a special category called the Southern Trinity Award for desserts that include butter, bacon and bourbon. Yummy! The kind folks in charge also were kind enough to ask the KY Taste Buds to be judges. Let's just hope it's not the "Best Vegetable" category!

So join us on May 17th for Taste of the Bluegrass. It will be a night to least until next year.

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