Food Truck Friday is back. And, yes, rain is in the forecast, so bring an umbrella and a poncho to the Lexington Herald-Leader front parking lot, 100 Midland Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get lunch. Vendors scheduled to be there include Granny Boe and Auntie Jo’s Sweet Treats, Go-Go Burgers, Crank and Boom, Caribbean Spice, Gastro Gnomes, Bradford BBQ, Kentasty Breaktime Cafe, Repicci’s Italian Ice and Gelato, Mad Mike’s and more. There will be retail vendors too, including Red Wing Shoes and Rusty Joe’s Traveling Boutique.
▪ Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown has announced the 2017 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection. This year’s release, the first since Beam’s death earlier this year, is an 11-year-old, single-barrel bourbon. It will be available in September for about $130 a bottle. Aged in Parker’s favorite rickhouse location, Deatsville, and bottled at 122 proof and non-chill filtered, the bourbon tastes of heavy spice and oak, with a hint of smoke and raisin, followed by a long and dry finish, according to Heaven Hill.
▪ The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road, is hosting “Bets and Brews,” a Country Boy beer tasting and betting clinic, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the clubhouse. The event will kick off the live racing meet at the harness racing track. A brewery representative will talk about each pour, and Lexington native and award-winning harness writer Gabe Prewitt will host a clinic with professional handicappers. To wrap up the night, participants can join in a free, amateurs-only handicapping tournament during live racing. The winner gets a swag bag full of Red Mile and Country Boy Brewing gear and prizes.
▪ The Berea Farmers Market will host “Dinner on the Creek, A Radically Local, Farm to Fork Fine Dining Experience” at the Clear Creek Schoolhouse, 1882 Hammonds Fork Road in Disputanta at 6 p.m. Aug. 12. The event is $60, with proceeds benefiting the Berea Farmers Market. Tickets are limited to 20 people. Classically trained chef Adam Burke will offer a four-course farm-to-fork dinner in an intimate setting using food sourced from his own extensive gardens, from friends and fellow farmers, and from the hills and hollers of the Appalachian foothills where he forages. Wine and vegetarian options available. For reservations, go to Bereafarmersmarket.org, the Berea Farmers Market info booth, or contact Beedreamercreations@gmail.com.
▪ For August, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will have chilled cantaloupe soup; white chocolate scone with orange marmalade and Fayette cream; baked pear with blue cheese entrée salad; poppy seed, egg salad, jeweled pepper and dilled ham salad tea sandwiches; ginger chocolate truffles; strawberry pound cake; and key lime panna cotta with Nilgiri tea. Reservations required; call 859-455-9660.
▪ Cork and Barrel, 2263 Nicholasville Road, has opened a bourbon and fine wine shop in Blue Grass Airport. Travelers will be able to shop more than 100 bourbons in the post-security store and take it in their carry-on bags. Located next to Lex News and Gifts on the second floor of the airport, Cork and Barrel’s storefront showcases Kentucky’s bourbon heritage with a rick displaying more than 30 barrels from regional distilleries. The rick was built using timbers from the historic Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort. Working with master distillers, special “barrel picks” are personally being selected by Cork and Barrel and offered for sale. Less than 200 bottles are typically filled from a single barrel and are branded with special labels. These unique bourbons cannot be bought elsewhere and will be an exclusive treat for passengers at Blue Grass Airport. In addition, fine wines from across the country will be offered as well as bourbon-themed products such as jewelry, apparel and culinary products.
▪ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday behind City Hall at Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown tomatoes, green beans, squash, potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, herbs, local honey and eggs, cut flowers and perennials.
▪ Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamburg Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have beans, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, eggs, honey, jams, beef and pork.
▪ Nicholasville Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 717 North Main Street, will have peaches, tomatoes, watermelons, sweet corn, lettuces, squash, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, greens, candy onions, flowers jams and jellies, baked breads, black angus beef, specialty roasted coffees and items from Kentucky artisans.
▪ Lexington Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, cantaloupes and peppers. Peaches, blueberries, blackberries, zucchini, squash, and most other warm-weather fruits and vegetables also are available.
▪ Chevy Chase Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 Ashland Avenue, has fresh seasonal local produce and pastured meats and eggs.