When 80,000 or so Garth Brooks fans come to town on Halloween weekend, there will be plenty of ways for them to entertain themselves before, after and between the four concerts.
To keep all the boot-scooters happy, there will be a No Fences Festival at Cheapside Fifth Third Pavilion downtown from 4:30 to 11 p.m on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with $5 local craft beer, food for sale from Cheapside Entertainment District restaurants, and music.
Heritage Hall convention center also plans to have festivities for concert-goers, including free live music before and after the Brooks concerts on both nights with food and beer for sale. Details will be available Wednesday at VisitLex.com and on Rupparena.com, which will have parking and traffic information next week.
■ Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, is hosting a South American wine dinner Oct. 22. Featuring fine wines from Chile and Argentina, paired with a gourmet menu crafted by celebrated chef Jonathan Lundy, the event is at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the Cobar Cantina featuring sparking wine and passed appetizers. Menu will feature Argentinian Torrontes paired with seared sea scallops along with Chilean Carmenere and Argentinian Malbec for pork two ways. A Mayan-style hot chocolate cocktail pairs with an orange pound cake for dessert. Beverage director T.J. Cox will lead a discussion of each wine. Cost is $50 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Make reservations at (859) 523-8484.
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■ Ladies of Lexington are invited to enjoy Cocktails for Cancer in support of the 12 percent of women affected by breast cancer. The free event will be held at the Lexus Store of Lexington, 1264 East New Circle Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a signature cocktail, live music, chair massages and light hors d'oeuvres and register for spa giveaways for you and your car.
Cocktails for Cancer benefits the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. Money raised will benefit the Yes Mamm! Program, which provides lifesaving screening, patient navigation, treatment support and treatment programs for reduced or low cost.
■ Ramsey's Diners — Zandale, Tate's Creek, Andover and Harrodsburg Road — have started Fall Vegetable Festival. In addition to the regular 24 fresh veggies, three fall Kentucky Proud veggies are on the menu every day: brown sugar-crusted fresh-baked acorn squash, and on alternate days fresh broccoli or fresh broccoli casserole, and baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole.
■ It's not too early to plan for Thanksgiving. Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, has a menu of take and heat items to complete your meal, including local turkeys, pies made in-house and side dishes. Or skip the cooking and eat in at the holiday hot buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $9.99 a pound.
The Co-op cafe will feature: bourbon orange brined turkey breast with confit of leg and thigh; lentil chestnut roulade (vegan); butternut squash, Gorgonzola and sage lasagna (vegetarian); cornbread dressing (vegan/wheat-free); mashed potatoes; turkey gravy; maple whipped sweet potato (vegan/wheat-free); roasted Brussels sprouts with candied almonds (vegan/wheat-free); winter squash gratin; roasted mushrooms and pearl onions with balsamic glaze (vegan/wheat-free); glazed carrots (vegan/wheat-free); corn pudding; sautéed fresh green beans with crispy onions (vegan/wheat-free); Good Foods kale; Weisenberger corn muffins; Blue Sky Farm shiitake mushroom and barley soup (vegan); cushaw, pecan and sage bisque; pork posole and cod chowder.
■ There's a new fall menu at Bill's Saloon at Connemara Golf Course, 2327 Lexington Road in Nicholasville. Chef Eric Cromer has added some hearty options including a Kentucky Hot Brown and open faced pot roast or roast turkey sandwiches. See the fall menu in its entirety at Connemaragolfcourse.com.
■ Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort received three double gold designations, a gold medal, and a best in show at the recent 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.
Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received double gold and was named Best in Show Spirit Sweepstakes Winner for Best Bourbon. Best Whiskey & Best Brown Goods. Also receiving double gold awards were Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Sazerac Straight Kentucky Rye Whiskey received Gold.
■ The Frankfort distillery Buffalo Trace will host "Disturbia at the Distillery," an event for adults, Oct. 30 and 31. Tickets are $60 per person; call (502) 696-5930 or email: email@example.com.
Begins at 6 p.m. with an optional Ghost Tour starting in the Buffalo Trace Distillery Visitor Center.
At 7 p.m. guests will be welcomed in the Buffalo Trace Clubhouse as dinner and the antics of the Bluegrass Mystery Theatre actors begin. Guests will try to figure out "who did it" as they enjoy a three-course meal prepared by one of the region's best chefs. In between acts, attendees will be treated to a bourbon tasting of some of the distillery's award-winning products. Guests will vote on who they think the guilty party is and have a chance to win prizes.
Dress is casual. Costumes are optional but there will be a contest with prizes.
■ At 7 p.m., on Oct. 30, New York whiskey sommelier Heather Greene will discuss and sign her new book WHISKEY DISTILLED: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life at Jefferson Davis Inn, 319 Cedar St. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the book and whiskey samples. Ages 21 and over.
In her book, Greene introduces novice audiences to the spirit's charms and challenges the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible, with surprising new research that shows the importance of "nosing" whiskey.