The Kentucky Bourbon Affair, a weeklong bourbon fantasy camp, is taking place through June 19 with behind-the-scenes tours, private barrel selections and special events across bourbon country. Tickets are still available to many events, including the closing brunch Sunday at the Kentucky Derby Museum for $100 each.
Order tickets online at Kybourbonaffair.com. Also, this year for the first time ever, Whisky Live is coming to Louisville Marriott East on June 18. Tickets, which include entry at 6 p.m., souvenir Glencairn tasting glass for sampling and a full buffet, are $133 each, available at Whiskyliveusa.com.
▪ Woodford Reserve will release its newest in the Distillery Series, Five Malt, on June 16 at the visitors center at 7855 McCracken Pike, and at select retailers. Master distiller Chris Morris has created Five Malt to be a one-of-a-kind whiskey that tastes and smells unique. Inspired by the popularity of micro-breweries to explore malted grains typically used for beers when crafting whiskey. Five Malt is a distilled from malt mash then aged in recycled Double Oaked bourbon barrels for six months, resulting in warming malt notes with a coffee-flavored finish. It’s 90.4 proof with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375ml bottle.
▪ Dixie Hibbs and Doris Settles, co-authors of Prohibition in Bardstown, will be at Cork & Barrel, 2264 Nicholasville Road, 6:30 p.m. June 16 to share stories about the Prohibition era. Tickets are $20 and include a pair of bourbon pours from two Bardstown distilleries or a glass of wine. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 859-278-9463 to reserve a spot; seating is limited.
▪ The Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Garden Party at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate at 120 Sycamore Road, is 1 p.m. June 19. This garden party features signature bourbon cocktails paired with bacon-infused small plates by Lexington Diner and the Creative Table Kitchen and Catering. And you can also sip on some bourbon barrel-aged beers by West Sixth Brewing (including their Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter, Snake Cake, and Snakes in a Barrel.) Live music by Grayson Cody Jenkins & The Wooks. Tickets are $45; available at Thebourbonsocial.com.
▪ Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will feature Brazilian cuisine for International Night on June 15. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. you can get vatapa (shrimp and codfish in a cashew peanut sauce with coconut milk, onion, tomato, chilies and spices), galinhada (slow-simmered chicken with onions, green and red peppers, tomato, garlic, chilies, saffron and spices), moqueca (shrimp or tofu with onion and peppers in a spicy sauce), empada (hearts of palm with onion, corn, peas, tomato, potato, garlic and spices baked in a crust), and feijoada (black beans simmered with onions, peppers, sweet potato, celery, citrus, garlic, chilies and spices.) Call 859-254-0014 .
▪ Winchell’s Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, will have its annual lobster boil on June 21 for $35.99 per person. Call 859-278-9424 to make reservations starting at 4 p.m. Three-course meal includes a cup of New England clam chowder, a whole lobster served with new potatoes and corn on the cob and seasonal fruit cobbler.
▪ Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have a Father’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 19, featuring favorites such as sea grits, chicken and waffle, corned beef benedict, hot brown, Ashbury breakfast casserole, and Dad’s carnitas. Call 859-296-1007 for reservations.
▪ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have Father’s Day specials all day including char-grilled ribeye over sauteed spinich and mushrooms with roasted garlic and poblano mashed potatoes with a habanero demi-glace and a 10-ounce bone-in pork chop with chipotle-roasted red skinned potatores and Parmesan-crusted corn on the cob finished with a honey-orange mojo. Brunch and regular lunch menu also are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as regular menu dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. Reservations suggested; call 859-303-5573.
▪ The inaugural Kentucky Craft Beer Festival will be 3 to 8 p.m. June 18 in Elizabethtown in the Brown-Pusey House Garden, 128 North Main Street. Tickets are $30 for general admission (includes a souvenir sampling glass), $40 for advance VIP tickets, and $10 for designated driver tickets. Sponsored by Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist, participating breweries include Country Boy, Blue Stallion, West Sixth and more.
▪ Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way, is turning National Martini Day into a month-long celebration in June. While the official day dedicated to America’s favorite cocktail is June 19, Bonefish is offering an array of martinis for $5 every Monday for the entire month. The selection includes Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini, Ocean Trust Tropic Heat Martini, Ultimate Infused Dirty Martini, Fresh Pineapple, Fresh Raspberry, Strawberry Rosé, and Pomegranate Martinis.
▪ Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade and fresh-cut fries, is scheduled to open the week of June 26 at 2121 Richmond Road in the former home of Great Harvest Bread. Penn Station just launched an app and loyalty program and customers get a free six-inch sub for downloading the app and joining the program.