Keeneland's Fall Meet opens today, and the craft beer tent will return to the North Terrace each Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 25. Brands on tap include Alltech's Kentucky Kolsch, Country Boy's Cougar Bait and Keeneland Sale Ale (if there is any left.)
■ There's another chance to enjoy bourbon and racing together, this time with a helping of Kentucky Wildcat football: The Lexington Bourbon Society's "Sips, Whips & Kicks" event started Thursday and continues through Saturday. You can go to Keeneland opening day where you get a box lunch from Shorty's Market and reserved seats. Saturday, there's UK vs. South Carolina, with a barbecue tailgate party in Commonwealth Stadium's Green Lot and the game on TV. Tickets and prices for the events are available online at lexingtonbourbonsociety.com.
■ Tickets also are still available for The Bourbon Social, Oct. 10 to 12, at thebourbonsocial.com. The event includes parties, seminars and distillery brunches through the weekend at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and elsewhere.
■ At 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, O'Neill's Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road, will host the Halfway to St. Patrick's Day celebration. The event, a fundraiser for the Lexington Sister Cities student scholarship fund, features McTeggart Irish Dancers, bagpiper Kevin Murray, Liam's Fancy Irish Music, a silent auction and lamb stew and brown bread by Chef Mary Parlanti. Admission is $10 and includes stew, bread and entertainment.
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■ Central Kentucky chef Ouita Michel (Holly Hill Inn, Smithtown Seafood, Midway School Bakery, etc.) also will be on the Mind of a Chef with Ed Lee on KET. They make a dish with two Kentucky ingredients: smoke and spoonbill caviar. The episode will air Monday at 1:30 p.m. on KET2 and Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Check listings for more times.
■ The October menu for the Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will feature Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Gingerbread Scone with Orange Marmalade and Honey Butter, Broccoli and Smoked Gouda Frittata, Egg Salad Cups, Tuna Salad and Olive Nut Tea Sandwiches, Pumpkin Cookies, Bourbon Chocolate Pots de Crème and Carrot Cupcakes and Earl Grey Tea. Luncheon tea is at noon on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are required. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to greentreetearoom.com for more information.
■ Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will be conducting a sampling and tasting on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. of Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale, Town Branch Bourbon, Town Branch Rye Whiskey and Pearse Lyons Reserve Whiskey.
■ The Bluegrass Farmers' Market this week will have tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, peppers, potatoes, onions, baked goods, jams, meats, eggs, herb seasoning, and more. It is in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, or at Azur Restaurant & Patio at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Visit Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is at the Cheapside Pavilion on Saturday and on Southland Drive on Sunday with fresh fruits and vegetables, including several varieties of apples and pears, pumpkins and gourds, chevre and other cheeses, artisan breads, coffee and meats.
■ If you're looking for gourmet treats in Louisville, check out The Bakery at Sullivan University. Chef Robin Richardson has added seasonal items including pumpkin cupcakes, caramel apple pie and her popular pumpkin roulade. Prices range from $2.50 for an individual pumpkin roulade to $25 for whole caramel apple cheesecake. Call in advance to reserve a selection. For more information, go to TheBakeryofLouisville.com.