The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show, which is one day only this year, on Oct. 8, is an opportunity to sample some of the best food and drink Kentucky has to offer.
You'll also want to be there to see presentations by Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, winner and runner-up, respectively, of Season 6 of Bravo's Top Chef, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The food show will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 5. General admission is $15 and includes the Voltaggios. Reserved floor seats for the Voltaggios are $30. You can get tickets at the Lexington Center ticket office, (859) 233-4567, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
New vendors this year include Bourbon Barrel Foods of Louisville, Stone Cross Farm & Cloverdale Creamery of Taylorsville, and Kentucky Bourbon Q of Westport. Go to Incrediblefoodshow.com.
Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman Web site has drawn such a following from people interested in farm life that it's captured the attention of Food Network. Drummond's new TV series, The Pioneer Woman, premieres at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27. It is being shot at her Oklahoma ranch. Before the premiere, fans can get a sneak peek at the first episode at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at Foodnetwork.com/pioneerwoman.
During the past five years, Drummond has chronicled her life as a city-gal-turned-rancher's-wife on her popular food and lifestyle blog.
A gateway to goodies
A Web site that's grabbing the attention of food lovers is Pinterest.com. When you click on "Food and Drink" you'll see awesome photos, which then will lead you to interesting sites that are full of recipes, kids' food, and cooking tips.
Some fun things we found through the site include:
■ How to make Kiss pies, Picky-palate.com/2010/12/20/kiss-pies.
■ How to keep sliced apples fresh with ginger ale, Michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/2011/03/keep-sliced-apples-fresh-with-ginger.html.
■ How to make heart-shaped sugar cubes, Niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-sugar-cubes.html.
■ How to make your own taco seasoning, Smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com
■ How to make all kinds of cake pops, Nataliescakepops.blogspot.com.
■ How to make pumpkin pie white chocolate cups, Healthyfoodforliving.com/?p=14620.