Nothing says fall like the taste of sweet, crisp apples. Get your fill on Saturday and Sunday when Boyd Orchards, 1396 Pinckard Pike in Versailles, will have its annual Apple Days Festival, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m., Sunday.
Pick apples, take a hayride around the orchard, enjoy lunch and live music, try the corn maze.
Visit Boydorchards.com for more information.
■ If bourbon is your thing, on Saturday the Fourth Annual Bourbon Review Bourbon Shindig will take place in the Polo Barn at Saxony Farms, 469 Browns Mill Road.
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The event will feature a progressive culinary celebration with food from Erik Niel (Easy Bar & Bistro; Chattanooga) and Ouita Michel (Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Windy Corner; Midway & Lexington); five cocktail stations; and live music.
Mingle with master distillers Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey), Jim Rutledge (Four Roses), Fred Noe (Jim Beam), Tom Bulleit (Bullet), Willie Pratt (Michter's), and Charlie Nelson (Belle Meade Bourbon).
Tickets are $125 per individual or $225 for two; go to Gobourbon.com.
■ The Friends of The Arboretum will hold the 10th Annual Gala in the Garden Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., to benefit development of Phase 2 of the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center and the Woodland Shade Garden.
Hors d'oeuvres by Bayou Bluegrass Catering, desserts by Martine's Pastries, adult beverages, silent auction and live music. Tickets are $60 each; $35 per person under 35. Call (859) 257-6955 for more information.
■ Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday will be customer appreciation days at the Lexington Farmers Market, with free samples, coupons and prizes while they last. The market will have seasonal vegetables — including some end of the season sweet corn — and fruit including paw paws, a subtropical fruit that grows here. There will also be locally produced meat, eggs and cheese and fall mums to brighten any porch. The market is downtown at the Cheapside Pavilion on Saturday, on Southland Drive on Sunday and at the lot at the corner of Maxwell Street and Broadway on Tuesday.
■ In honor of Gator Haters, and in attempt to bring good luck to the Kentucky Wildcats football team who'll play the Florida Gators Saturday evening, Gumbo Ya Ya will be serving up some of Chef Gregor's Alligator Sauce Piquant.
The tangy red gravy is chock-full of tomatoes, green bell peppers, celery, lemon-rind, green chiles, onions, garlic, alligator, and a touch of sherry. Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 S. Broadway, will be serving the gator sauce throughout the weekend.
■ Enjoy dinner out Thursday night and help AIDS Volunteers, Inc. at AVOL's Dine Out for Life. A list of participating restaurants can be found at Avolky.org. Participating restaurants give 25 percent of your bill to support AVOL, which provides housing for low-income Kentuckians living with HIV/AIDS as well as free HIV testing, education, and connection to medical care.
■ The six-day annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival kicks off in Bardstown on Tuesday. Among the 40 events, which run through Sunday: a speakeasy party and a master distiller's auction, both on Saturday, and tasting opportunities, free live music, distillery tours, etc. For information on festival events, reservations and tickets, visit Kybourbonfestival.com