If you like fresh food, thank a farmer, and what better place than at a farmers market? It's National Farmers Market Week through Aug. 10 and the Lexington Farmers Market will be having its summer celebration Saturday, downtown at Cheapside Pavilion on Main Street. Activities will include a watermelon and cantaloupe fundraiser to benefit the Bluegrass Double Dollars program, which matches food vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases.
There will be music by the Lexington Philharmonic, appearances by local partners, and awesome produce, meats, cheese and Kentucky Proud products from around the area.
The Bluegrass Farmers Market, at Hamburg Liquor Barn on Plaudit Place and at Azur on 3070 Lakecrest Circle from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, also will have live music, cooking demonstrations by students from Sullivan University, free samples from vendors, and of course local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, honey and flowers. The Lexington Public Library will be there, too.
■ Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto is having another special dinner, this time with Chef Newman Miller and the team at Harrison-Smith House in Bardstown. They will prepare a seasonal dinner featuring local ingredients and paired Maker's Mark cocktails. It begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with cocktail hour, featuring cheddar gougeres, aged HSH beer cheese mousse and pork shoulder terrine, pickles, bourbon mustard and Parker House rolls. Dinner will include watermelon, glazed pork belly, peanuts, cucumber and herb salad; roasted heritage chicken, sweet corn rice grits, tomato butter, tarragon, crookneck squash; and rosemary cake, local peaches and lemon curd cream. The cost is $100 a person; buy tickets at Makersmark.com, under events.
■ Catering by Donna, 1054 West High Street, will cater for Picnic with the Pops at Keeneland Aug. 14 and 15. Call (859) 269-0978 to place an order for delivery or pick-up. Orders must be place by Aug. 12; there is a $35 delivery fee.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, will offer a buffet with barrel stave-grilled hamburgers from Hidden Haven Farm. The dinner, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15, also features bluegrass music by Jeri Katherine Howell and her band, "Dr. Jan." Dinner is $50 plus tax and tip; it includes two cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Call (859) 879-1953 for reservations.
■ For all of August, Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will offer two lunch entrees for $20 (including non-alcoholic drink), and two dinners for $20 and seven wines for less than $20.
■ From Aug. 20 to 30, Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will offer two dinner entrees and two appetizers for $25. And for happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. all month, cocktails will be half off, excluding wine and flights. Call (859) 303-5573 for reservations.
■ Tickets are on sale for the second Bourbon Women Sip-osium Aug. 21 to 23 at the Brown Hotel and Pendennis Club in Louisville. This year's Sip-osium will feature workshops and tastings led by master distiller Marianne Barnes, the first female bourbon master distiller since before Prohibition; Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women; and Liza Weisstuch, editor of Whisky Magazine. There will excursions to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience or Kentucky Peerless Distillery on Friday; and Jim Beam, Four Roses, or Copper & Kings/Butchertown Market on Saturday.
Bourbon Women also will announce its annual "Not Your Pink Drink" cocktail contest winners.
For info and to register, go to Bourbonwomen.org. The Bourbon Women member rate for the conference is $200; the non-member rate of $275 includes a one-year BW membership.
■ Looking forward to Crave Lexington, the annual food and music festival? This year's event is Aug. 22 and 23 in Masterson Station Park. The event is free, but pre-sale tickets for food and drinks are on sale now at CraveLexington.com. There will be more than 50 food and beverage vendors offering a selection of $1, $3 and $5 items.