Restaurant News & Reviews

Food Truck Friday will fill the front parking lot of the Herald-Leader

Food Truck Friday is back at the Lexington Herald-Leader and bigger than ever. Because of that, this time there will be no parking in the front lot. Parking is available at the paper’s back lot and along Short Street and Indiana Avenue.

Join us at Midland and Main from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for lunch from 19 vendors: Ale-8-One (handing out free, cold Ale-8s while they last), Bradford BBQ, Clawdaddy’s, Crank & Boom, Crazy Bout Cajun, Gastro Gnomes, HogFathers BBQ, Jasmine Rice, JHF Catering, Kentucky Strong BBQ, Kona Ice, Mad Mike’s, Rick & Son Hot Dogs, Rolling Oven, Sav’s Chill Wagon, Sweet Lilly’s, Sweet String Music, That’s How We Roll and Whooo Wants Waffles.

▪  The Crave Food & Music Festival is at Masterson Station Park from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, with food offerings from barbecue to ice cream, ethnic food to beer cheese. All items are $1, $3 or $5 in Crave bucks; admission is $6, with kids 10 and younger free. Craft brews are 5 to 8 Crave bucks; cocktails and wine are 6 to 9 Crave bucks. For a rundown of the music, see Walter Tunis’s column on Page 6.

▪  On Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will host Cruzan Rum representatives who will make mojitos at your table for $10. You also get a $2 discount on Brasabana’s Tamale Tuesday platter of four tamales, which is usually $18.95. Also, Brasabana has added Monday specials, served all day: $5 Cuban sandwiches and $5 mojitos. Call 859-303-5573 for reservations.

▪  In September, Old Forester will release its 15th anniversary Birthday Bourbon, the annual limited-edition expression was created to pay homage to founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on Sept. 2. The 2016 version is 97 proof and has notes of cinnamon wood spiced with nutty chocolate, dark caramel, and citrus and mulled fruit, according to the tasting notes. The suggested price is $79.99. This year’s release of 2,400 six-bottle cases is the largest ever.

The Birthday Bourbon selections annually are drawn from the same day of production, this year’s on June 4, 2004; the 2016 release of 93 barrels matured together on the fifth floor of Warehouse K at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, near a sunny west-facing window, according to the company.

▪  Tickets are on sale for the 2016 Bourbon Review Shindig on Aug. 27. The all-day experience includes private tours of Woodford Reserve Distillery and Buffalo Trace Distillery and lunch as well as tickets to the shindig at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $450; shindig-only tickets are $100 per person. The event includes tastings of more than 20 bourbons, including Michter’s, Blanton’s, Willett, Jefferson’s Bourbon, Smooth Ambler, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Blade & Bow, Bulleit, Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch and Bluegrass Distillers, all paired with Southern cuisine. Music will be by No Tools Loaned bluegrass band. Tickets are available online at

▪  Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Main and Rice in Wilmore, will have locally grown greens, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers and other seasonal vegetables, herbs, local honey and eggs, cut flowers, perennials and trees.

▪  Chevy Chase Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 South Ashland Avenue, will have cut flowers, beer cheese, muffins, cantaloupe, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, sweet corn, onions, peppers of all kinds, garlic, chicken, pork, duck, beef, lamb and eggs.

▪  Bluegrass Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3070 Lakecrest Circle and 1837 Plaudit Place, will have seasonal produce, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, flowers, eggs, beef, pork and lamb. For National Farmers Market week, Bluegrass will be giving away pumpkin scoops at both locations (while they last) and will have representatives to speak about monarch way stations, gardening and gleaning. Also, the winners of the market’s coloring contest will receive awards.

▪  Lexington Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have seasonal produce, meats and eggs, bread and honey, plants and flowers.

Janet Patton: 859-231-3264, @janetpattonhl.