Fall is the time for festivals in Kentucky, celebrating everything from ham to apples. Wine lovers will find celebrations of wine as well.
Bullitt County will once again host a wine festival on September 25 &26, at the Bullitt County fairgrounds. Go to www.bestkywineries.com for details about hours and times.
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will be held at MainStrasse in Covington on October 17. Visit http://www.mainstrasse.org/ for information about the upcoming festival.
In Lexington, on October 24, wineries from the state will also pour tastes at the Incredible Food Show held in Lexington Center next to Rupp Arena.
Many of the wineries host their own events. Check out the website of your favorite winery to look for their event or go to the Kentucky wine page at kentuckywine.com
Festivals are a fun way to try wines from many wineries so you can choose which ones to visit.by admin
Once again, the wine festival at Jane’s Saddlebag was a huge success. Many visitors enjoyed the wine, the music, the vendors, and the food. From 11 AM to 8 PM, there was a stream of wine lovers strolling their way around the booths. Wineries were pouring tastes of some of their most popular varietals.
Even the rain showers that fell on the crowd didn’t stop the fun. People just found shelter until it was over and then walked on to enjoy another wine.
I enjoyed meeting many wine lovers and talking about wine. If you missed it, just wait for next year. Watch for news about the 2016 festival.
Warm weather is here and it’s the perfect time to spend a day strolling through the booths at a wine festival. Jane’s Saddlebag, in Boone County, near Big Bone Lick, is having a wine festival featuring Kentucky wines and crafts, on May 30, from 11 AM to 8 PM. Admission is $15.00, and includes a commemorative glass, 6 tasting tickets, and free parking. Tickets can be purchased at the event or bought from Jane’s website (see my link) early at a discount. In case of a rain day on May 30, the festival will be on Sunday, May 31.
Wineries from around the state will be meeting wine lovers and sharing tastes of their various wines. Some of those who will be at the festival are local, such as: Verona Vineyards, Rose Hill Winery, Atwood Hill Winery, StoneBrook Vineyard and Winery, Elk Creek Vineyards and Winery, and Redman’s Farm Winery. Others, such as, Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery, Forest Edge Winery, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery, and Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery, will be traveling from Central Kentucky. There will be music provided by local musical groups throughout the day, as well as vendors with crafts and wine related items, and food choices.
I will be there signing A Wine Lover’s Odyssey Across Kentucky. I’d love to meet you and talk about one of my favorite topics – Kentucky wine. Also, you can ask me about the new book I’m working on right now.
Hope to see you there!
Though April has been rainy and cold, May is almost here and the weather looks promising. Just the right time to start thinking about visiting wineries.
Mark your calendars — one of Kentucky’s best wine festivals will be May 30, 2015, from 11 AM to 8 PM, at Jane’s Saddlebag in Union, in Boone County.
Watch for more about the festival. I will be writing about the details.by admin
Whether it’s to celebrate Octoberfest, Italian Heritage, goetta, or wine, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have demonstrated time and time again that the banks of the Ohio is a great place for a festival. I’ve been to several in the past, and have to say they know how to throw a party. Expect one this weekend at the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival.
MainStrasse is one of the best spots for a festival. The tree lined Sixth Street promenade between the Clock Tower and the Goose Girl Fountain is a perfect location for a stroll under the tent from booth to booth tasting Kentucky’s wines. The MainStrasse Village hosts great festivals.
MainStrasse Village is a historic neighborhood, with German heritage and architecture, just off the 5th Street exit from I-75/71. Parking is available in lots nearby, including complimentary parking at the IRS lot at 4th and Johnson. There are shops, restaurants, and taverns in the MainStrasse area.
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will be held from 3 to 10 PM, on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Four sample tickets and a souvenir wine glass are available for $10, but you can purchase more tickets or wine from the wineries. Fourteen wineries, including some of Kentucky’s best, such as Verona Vineyards, Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery, and Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery, will be there, as well as some artisans.
I’ll be there signing my book, hope to see you there.by admin
Our day at the Incredible Food Show was quite enjoyable. We spent several hours on Saturday looking at exhibits and tasting Kentucky products. There was something for everyone’s tastes from sauces, to meats, to cheeses, to sweets. Though not all the choices were to our liking, it was easy to see that everyone was finding something they enjoyed. We were happy to find some of our favorites from previous years, as well as finding a few that we’ll want to try again and again.
We have been fans of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese for many years. Kenny Mattingly makes a variety of cheeses at his farm in Western Kentucky. Whether you’re a fan of cheddar, Swiss, or one of his more creative choices, Kenny’s cheeses are excellent. While our favorite is his Swiss, we tried a new one this year, Tomato Basil Cheddar and are looking forward to trying it again soon. Check our their website at www.kennysfarmhouse.cheese.com, to view their products.
Browning’s Country Ham has been a long time favorite as well. Whether you enjoy ham, bacon, or sausage, find those and more at Browning’s. Their products are on display at www.BrowningsCountryHam.com.
A couple other products we discovered a few years ago were there as well. Since we love cheese, we also enjoyed tasting and buying from the Boone Creek Creamery. If you have ever tasted a homemade ketchup and miss that special flavor, you will want to try Grandma Carolyn’s Ketchup, made from an old family recipe; it is one of our favorites.
One of our favorite booths was new to us this year. Kandies of Kentucky is making candy using Bourbon, Wine, and Spirits. We tried some candies and they were amazing. My favorite was the Noire Berry, made with Blackberry Wine from Forest Edge Winery. We spent some time talking with both Barry and Barbara Summer and enjoyed meeting them and talking about their products. Look for them at www.kyagr.com/KDAPage.aspx?id=10013. After tasting, we of course had to buy some candy.
Of course, we also visited the winery aisle and did a few tastings before we left. Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery was pouring tastes of their newly bottled Chambourcin. We tried a couple of Nortons, one from Rose Hill Farm Winery and one from Rising Son’s Winery and enjoyed them. Forest Edge Winery and Purple Toad Winery were also pouring some of their excellent wines and we enjoyed visiting with them.
The entire experience certainly made for a pleasant fun day.by admin
Don’t forget. The Incredible Food Show is tomorrow at the Lexington Center at Rupp Arena, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Visitors can watch some culinary seminars or enjoy demonstrations at the Kentucky Heritage Kitchen Stage, try out a variety of Kentucky food products from over 100 exhibitors in the Marketplace, or taste some local craft beer and Kentucky wines. Tickets are available at the door for $20.
We’ve enjoyed the food show for the last few years and are looking forward to the day. Some of our favorites are Browning’s Country Ham, Grandma Carolyn’s Ketchup, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, and Rattlesnake Hill Farm, as well as some great wineries, such as, Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery, Forest Edge Winery, and Rose Hill Farm Winery.
I recommend it to anyone interested in food, wine, or Kentucky.by admin
The wait is over, Northern Kentucky’s Wine Festival will be at MainStrasse Village near the Goose Girl Fountain on October 18, 2014, from 3 PM to 10 PM. Admission is $10, and includes a souvenir glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tickets for tasting or a glass of wine may be purchased. Wine is also being sold by the wineries by the bottle or the case.
The following Northern Kentucky wineries will be there pouring tastes: Atwood Hill Winery, Morning View; Baker-Bird Winery, Foster; Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton; Generation Hill Winery, Inc., Alexandria; Rose Hill Farm Winery, Falmouth; Seven Wells Vineyard & Winery, LLC, California; Serendipity Winery, Florence; StoneBrook Winery, Melbourne; and Verona Vineyards, Verona.
Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, Willisburg; Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery, Lawrenceburg; Old 502Winery, Louisville; Purple Toad Winery, Paducah; and Smith-Berry Vineyard & Winery, New Castle will also be visiting Northern Kentucky for the festival.
There will also be booths with wine related artisan products. I will be there signing copies of A Wine Lover’s Odyssey Across Kentucky. I’d love to meet you and chat about Kentucky wine. Hope to see you there. It is a great festival.
For the sixth year, Kentucky will show off its products in Heritage Hall, at the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington. On October 11, 2014, from 9 to 5, visitors will be treated to tastings of Kentucky’s specialty food companies, Kentucky wineries, and demonstrations from local and regional chefs.
This year’s celebrity chef is Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.
If you enjoy food, wine, cooking, and trying new products, this show is for you. Mark your calendars. Check back for more information when more details about those attending becomes available.
Sixteen Kentucky wineries will be offering tastings of their wines to visitors at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds, on September 26 and 27. On Friday evening, from 4 to 10, and from noon to 10 on Saturday, visitors can enjoy tasting or purchasing wine by the glass or the bottle while enjoying the entertainment.
This region of Kentucky is home to some of state’s most popular wineries. This sounds like an excellent festival. I think you would enjoy it.by admin