The Jewish Food Festival, which debuted last year, is back on Sunday. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you can sample all kinds of treats such as challah, rugelach and hamentaschen at Temple Adath Israel, 124 North Ashland Avenue. For $20 you get 16 tickets to pay for your selections; children 12 and under are free.
New to the menu this year are brisket, corned beef sandwiches, blintz casserole and tzimmes, a sweet vegetable stew. The corned beef and pastrami also will be locally made this year; it’s coming from Lynagh’s on Woodland Avenue. They join such traditional items as potato latkes, knishes and borscht. For dessert, there’s honey cake, coconut macaroons and mandelbrot (the Jewish version of biscotti) to the lineup.
This year’s festival is expanding to the temple’s lawn, where there will be seating under tents. During the food festival, the temple’s sanctuary and Holocaust Museum will be open, and, for $1, a calligrapher will write guests’ names in Hebrew.
▪ The Speakeasy, 903 Manchester Street, will host a Kentucky Craft Bourbon Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Taste a combination of small batch, pot still and custom-sourced bourbons and look at how craft distillers are expanding the concept of what bourbon can be by experimenting with unique grain recipes and non-traditional barrel sizes.
Tim Knittel of Distilled Living will lead a tasting of select bourbons from member distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour program before a gourmet dinner menu by Bluegrass Catering. Bourbons include Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon, Pure Kentucky Bourbon by Willett, Noah’s Mill Bourbon by Willett and RockCastle Bourbon by Barrel House Distilling Co. Tickets are $65 and include the bourbon tasting and gourmet dinner. Call 859-231-7676 for tickets.
▪ Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, will host a Kentucky Bourbon Heirloom Pairing Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The event starts with a half-sized cocktail, the bourbon ginger peach shrub, and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a guided palate tasting and dinner. Menu includes spicy avocado puree, grilled tomato, potato cakes, and farm fresh poached egg paired with Jim Beam Double Oak; braised pork belly with cabbage and herbed ricotta ravioli with a sweet citrus compote paired with Rittenhouse Rye; and finishes with peaches and cream with angel food cake paired with Bulleit Barrel Strength. It’s $50 per person plus tax and tip. Seating is limited. Call 859-873-5600.
▪ Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Lane, will hold its fourth annual Waveland Art Fair on Sept. 9-10. The fair will feature artists displaying their work. Food and wine vendors will also be at the park. Children’s activities sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society will be available throughout the weekend.
The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Admission includes a tour of the mansion. For more information, call Charla Reed at 859-272-3611.
▪ Wilderness Trail Distillery, 4095 Lebanon Road in Danville, will offer Master Distiller Tours during the Kentucky State BBQ Festival, Sept. 8-10 on its 35-acre site.
Master Distiller Shane Baker will offer two special tours Sept. 9; the hour-long Master Distiller’s tour, offered at 2 and 4 p.m., includes a trip to the barrelhouse, which normally is not part of the tours. The tour concludes with a tasting of Blue Heron Vodka and bourbon-barrel-aged Harvest Rum. Guests receive a souvenir shot glass. Tours are limited to 20 people. The cost is $20 a person. Reserve a tour by calling 859-402-8707. Regular $7 tours will be offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. Half-hour tours will be available for $5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10.
▪ Mark your calendar: ABLE will host the DelectABLE Bourbon Charity Dinner at Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, 3373 Tates Creek Road from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29. The dinner for ABLE, a non-profit that provides critical home repairs for low income individuals, disabled persons and military veterans, will raise money for the construction materials. Tickets are $100 per person with the bourbon tasting; $70 for dinner without the bourbon tasting. For tickets, go to eventbrite.com.