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There's lots of food stuff to do this month

From a festival to a writing class, there's plenty to do in May.

■ The May's Lick Asparagus Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15. A variety of dishes made with asparagus will be featured at the Taste of May's Lick, and there will be plenty of fresh asparagus to buy.

Vendors include artists and craftspeople. A fish fry kicks off the event at the May's Lick Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, May 14. May's Lick is 10 miles south of Maysville. Call (606) 763-6827 or (606) 763-6269,or go to www.mayslick.com.

■ Botanica, 6327 Old Richmond Road, is having a spring open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Vicki Watkin will show gardeners how to make a hanging herb basket and offer items that children can buy for Mother's Day gifts. Take one non-perishable food item and receive a 20 percent discount. Call (859) 806-9424.

■ Berries on Bryan Station is having an open greenhouse for visitors to learn about growing organic berries, herbs and vegetables, and to taste some of the farm's early produce. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The farm is at 4744 Bryan Station Road.

■ You can learn about eating and growing local foods at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning on May 15. "Wording Your Eats: Food Writing and Literacy" will feature Arwen Donahue of Three Springs Farm, a diversified organic farm in Nicholas County. The workshop will focus on the stories behind the food we eat, through discussion, and guided writing practice.

No writing or gardening experience is necessary for the workshop, just an interest in the connections between the cultivation of soil and the soul. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 254-4175 or go to www.carnegieliteracy.org. The Carnegie Center is at 251 West Second Street.

Let her know you love her

Kentucky State Parks are catering to mothers with meals, special prices on accommodations and ideas for Mother's Day gifts.

The Mother's Day buffet Sunday is $16.95. State park gift shops are offering 20 percent discounts on purchases through Sunday. Items include Blanket Creek Pottery from Falmouth, Louisville Stoneware's Jon Carloftis collection, Caught Ya Lookin' purses, Pottery by Susan Burge of Lawrenceburg, folk art carved by Lonnie and Twyla Money, Yard Birds, PhbeaD jewelry, and Powdermill Pottery from Berea. Go to www.parks.ky.gov.

Ky. Wine & Vine prepares for its 7th edition

The seventh annual Kentucky Wine & Vine will be May 15 in Nicholasville. Jeff Faber of California's Opolo Vineyards will lead the Wine 101 class on blending wines. Participating food vendors include Screamin' Mimi's Salsa, Dad's Favorites, Kentucky Specialty Sauces, True Blue Beer Cheese, and Patter Fam Sauces. Go to www.kywineandvine.com.

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