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Louisville's culinary scene, Mint Julep tours honored; Harry Potter night at Nick Ryan's

Kentucky's culinary scene has been getting more national recognition. In September, Saveur magazine named Louisville among the world's top food and dining destinations in its 2014 Culinary Travel Awards. A panel of world travelers and Saveur readers determine the honorees.

In the best culinary destination category for cities with a population under 800,000, Louisville was named among the culinary destinations credited as notables. Tops in the category were New Orleans, named Experts' Choice, and Portland, Ore., named Readers' Choice.

Earlier this year, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a new marketing campaign, CulinaryLouisville.com, aimed at recruiting culinary tourists.

The culinary tourism market is significant, according to a news release announcing the award. It is estimated that, over a three-year period, 27 million Americans traveled for culinary leisure, spending $12 billion on culinary activities while traveling.

■ Another Kentucky tourism honor: Mint Julep Tours has been recognized as one of the Best Guided Drinking Tours in America in a recent post from Conde Nast Traveler. Mint Julep landed the No. 2 spot in the list, behind Brewvana Brewery Tours of Portland, Ore.

Conde Nast Traveler said to properly explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail "book an excursion through Mint Julep Tours."

For more information, visit Mintjuleptours.com. Call (502) 583-1433 or email info@mintjuleptours.com. Follow Mint Julep Tours on Facebook or Twitter.

■ Sunday is the last day for the Southland Drive location of the Lexington Farmers' Market until April. Saturday markets in Cheapside Park are open year-round. Farmers are taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys, whole chickens and other specialty large cuts of meat.

■ This is the last week of the 2014 market season for Bluegrass Farmers' Market, at the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Rd. or at Azur Restaurant & Patio at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. They are open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with plenty of free parking.

■ On Sunday, Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is hosting an early "Halloween Brunch with the Queens" — a morning with female impersonation by nationally recognized entertainers. The stage show, buffet brunch and a mimosa are $18. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; the show is at 11. Call (859) 259-2754 for tickets and reservations.

■ Two of Barton 1792 Distillery's bourbons won medals at the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. A silver medal was awarded to 1792 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a bronze medal was awarded to Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

■ Summon your patronus: On Wednesday, Nick Ryan's, 157 Jefferson St., will be holding a Harry Potter night benefitting Partners for Youth. Costumes are encouraged; staff will be transforming into members of the Hogwarts community for the night. Traditional English dishes from both the Muggle and magical worlds will be featured, as well as butterbeer. No cover charge. For reservations, (859) 233-7900 or nickryans.com.

■ Taste the new Crank & Boom: The ice cream vendor is opening a dessert cafe & lounge next spring at the Pepper Distillery campus on Manchester Street, but you can try some new dessert options Friday at Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls, 1030 S. Broadway.

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