It's all about mushrooms at the Mountain Mushroom Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Irvine.
Activities include educational panel discussions on mushroom hunting; and cooking competitions for morel, oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Susan Licholat, executive chef at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, will present a demonstration on cooking morels, oysters and shiitakes.
Mushrooms will be for sale at the Mushroom Market, which opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Call (606) 723-5694 or (606) 723-1233.
Activities will take place at Broadway and Court Street in Irvine. Go to Mountainmushroomfestival.org.
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After a visit to the festival, drive to Ravenna and stop by Michael's, 100 Third Street. The restaurant serves a country buffet. Call (606) 723-9997.
New menus and specials
■ Caramanda's Bake Shoppe is adding a hot fudge sundae to its lineup, but there's no ice cream in it. The hot fudge sundae cupcake features Caramanda's chocolate cake with chocolate chips, filled with chocolate Bavarian cream, and paired with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, a hot fudge drizzle, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top.
Locations are at 332 Southland Drive, 3805 Dylan Place, a kiosk at Fayette Mall, and at 12003 Shelbyville Road in Middletown. Call (859) 278-7172.
■ Bd's Mongolian Grill is introducing a lineup of "appeteaser crowd pleasers" that also can be combined with soup or salad for a light lunch or dinner. The promotion runs through May 15. Included are chicken quesadilla, "wham bam shrimp" and buffalo wings. Returning to the menu is the peanut butter mousse mini. Bd's is at 2309 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 264-0686 or go to GoMongo.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering Rolex weekend specials that include Angus prime rib, Kentucky lamb tenderloin, and coquilles St. Jacques. Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant will entertain Friday, with John Hedger on Saturday and Tony Lovello on Monday. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ The Appalachian Artisan Center Café in Hindman is serving a Mother's Day brunch at 10 a.m. May 7. If you don't have time to shop, you can pick up Mom's gift while there. The Artisan Center shop is filled with handcrafted items from more than 200 artisans. Call (606) 785-9855 or go to Artisancenter.net.
■ The Cellar Bar and Grill, 3256 Lansdowne Drive, will host a High Liquor brands kick-off party at 8 p.m. Friday. Signature cocktails are $4. Call (859) 317-8301.
Expanded parking spaces and hours
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, now has parking spaces available in the Calvary Baptist Church lot adjacent to the restaurant. Entrances are on Limestone and High Street. Call (859) 254-6264.
■ Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike near Midway, now is open for dinner weeknights and Saturdays. New hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to Wallacestation.com.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have asparagus, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, carrots, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods and honey on Saturday. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Adriel Gray of Stone Cross Farm in Spencer County will introduce a line of English-style raw milk cheese at Blue Moon Farm's booth on Saturday at Lexington Farmers Market at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. Blue Moon also is selling baby green garlic, baby lettuces, spring mix, red Russian kale, and spinach, plus Colcord Farm's organically grown asparagus. Go to Bluemoongarlic.com.