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Willie’s and West Sixth go intergalactic for eclipse parties

The 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, which honors founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on Sept. 2, has a nose of sweet toasted oak and black pepper with a heavy suggestion of orange oil and toffee and the taste of oak spice and charred black pepper over a subtle core of chocolate custard and kola nut, according to the tasting notes.
The 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, which honors founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on Sept. 2, has a nose of sweet toasted oak and black pepper with a heavy suggestion of orange oil and toffee and the taste of oak spice and charred black pepper over a subtle core of chocolate custard and kola nut, according to the tasting notes. Photo provided

You have your eclipse glasses, now what to put in them ... how about beer? West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, will host an eclipse viewing party on Monday. Beginning at 11 a.m., it will have a $10 Eclipse Burger and beer special with Smithtown Seafood, featuring a sunny-side-up local egg and and a flagship pint or an eclipse flight of light-to-dark tasters, all accompanied by 1980s dance music.

▪  Willie’s Locally Known, 286 Southland Drive, is hosting Willie’s Intergalactically Known Eclipse Party on Monday, from noon to 4 p.m. Ben Lacy will play and there will be free eclipse glasses for the first 50 people. Willie’s will have special space-themed cocktails and food specials. Call 859-281-1116 for more information.

▪  The 17th annual Old Forester Birthday Bourbon — the annual limited-edition expression created to pay homage to Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on Sept. 2 — has been announced. The 2017 Birthday Bourbon barrel selection was drawn from 12-year-old barrels from different warehouses and floors on May 27, 2005. The 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will be on shelves with a suggested retail price of $79.99. Florida and Georgia will receive a 95.4 proof expression, and remaining states will receive the 96 proof expression. Kentucky is the only state which will receive both expressions, with the 96 proof expression shipping first. According to master taster Jackie Zykan, the 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has strong notes of chocolate and black pepper, with a finish of soft, dry floral bouquet.

▪  The Woodland Art Fair is Saturday and Sunday, and a variety of food vendors will be on hand, including Honnah-Lee Bubble Tea, Dipsie’s Sweet Treats, The Weekly Juicery, Whooo Wants Waffles, The Cattlemen, Kentucky’s Smokin’ Grill BBQ, Santorini’s, Zakk’s Snacks, Slushee Factory, Jake’s Crab Cakes, Sav’s Chill Ice Cream, The Main Squeeze, Mr. Gyro’s, Goodfellas, Goetta, Good Foods Co-op, Tin Can Coffee Roasters, Jasmine Rice, Crank & Boom, Oak Barrell, Old Kentucky Kettle Corn, Twisted Willy’s Pretzels, Jake’s Lemonade, Ripicci’s Italian Ice & Gelato, Clawdaddy’s, Hardwood Pizza Co., Hogfathers BBQ, Noodles & Co., Graeter’s, Nathan’s Gourmet Hotdogs and more.

▪  The Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville is moving: This year’s event on Sept. 8, 9 and 10 will be on the historic grounds of Wilderness Trail Distillery, 4095 Lebanon Road, Danville. The free event will feature six pitmasters cooking food you can purchase, whole hog demos, a bean-eating context and a backyard cookoff Competition. Pitmasters will include Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker BBQ Team in Nashville; Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ Team in Des Moines, Iowa; Shelly Frisch of Desperados Barbecue in Angola, N.Y.; Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ in DeLand, Fla.; Amy and Mike Mills of 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro, Ill.; Brad and Cindy Simmons, Rod Bennett of Lucky Dog BBQ in Danville; and Garry and Leslie Roarkof Ubon’s Yazoo BBQ in Yazoo City, Miss.

▪  Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, from 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, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place in Hamburg, 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, from 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, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have corn, okra, tomatoes, watermelon, beans, peppers, peaches, eggplant, greens, cut flowers, lettuces and tomatillos.

▪  Chevy Chase Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 Ashland Avenue, will have fresh seasonal local produce and pastured meats and eggs.

▪  Stella’s Vegetable Stand, in front of Bourbon n’ Toulouse and Chevy Chase Inn on the 800 block of East Euclid Avenue, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday will have seasonal vegetables, field peas, corn, candy onions, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and green beans.

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