Friday is National Donut Day, and Donut Days Bakery will participate again this year. Go to its stores at 185 Southland Drive (6 a.m to 6 p.m.) or 814 Euclid Ave (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in Lexington, or 330 Eastern Bypass in Richmond (7 a.m. to noon) and donate to either the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to be entered in a drawing for T-shirts, free doughnuts and other prizes. Record sales are expected, so order in advance. Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme is giving a free doughnut to each customer, Dunkin’ Donuts will offera free doughnut with purchase of a drink, and Entenmann’s is hosting a contest on Facebook for free doughnuts for a year.
▪ On Saturday, the Downtown Richmond Farmers Market will hold the third annual Strawberry Festival, starting at 9 a.m. Register for the food competition at Downtownrichmondfarmersmarket.com. Make a food item — pie, cake, jam, jelly, wine, salsa, whatever — out of locally grown berries, and you could win $100. Other activities include live music and a Little Miss Strawberry competition for girls 6 and younger.
▪ Bourbon & Ballet by Kentucky Ballet Theatre returns to Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto on Saturday, featuring Maker’s Mark’s new chef-in-residence, Newman Miller. Tickets are $150; go to Makersmark.com/distillery/events/bourbon-and-ballet. The event includes a four-course dinner and performance with an open bourbon bar. The reception is 6 to 7 p.m.; dinner and performance at 7. Transportation is available from Lexington.
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▪ The Beer Trappe, 811 East Euclid Avenue, will celebrate its sixth anniversary by tapping specialty draft beers every day at 5 p.m. June 6 to 12. Some highlights: Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Off Color Coffee Dinosmores, Prairie Birthday Bomb, The Bruery Tart of Darkness with Cherries and Vanilla, Ethereal Baba Yaga, Crooked Stave Serenata Notturna Blueberry and Rhinegeist Sexy Panther.
▪ At 1 p.m. Saturday, I’ll be on Food, News and Chews Radio WVLK 590 AM, talking about restaurants with Sylvia Lovely, chef Jeremy Ashby and Tony “Twitch” Longo.
▪ Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, and Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place, will have a grand opening, with giveaways. Items include strawberries, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuces, beef, pork and lamb cuts, eggs, heirloom tomatoes, kale, fresh-cut flowers, onions, breads, jams and jellies, soaps, herbs, plants, green beans, barbecue sandwiches and sauces.
▪ Lexington Farmers Market, Cheapside Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and Southland Drive from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Sunday, will have fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, bread, honey, spring greens and flowers. The market also is open 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the E.S. Good Barn, 1451 University Drive.
▪ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday behind City Hall at Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown spring greens, asparagus and other seasonal vegetables, local honey and eggs, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, perennials and trees.
▪ Chevy Chase Farmers Market, now in front of John’s New Classic Shoes at 316 South Ashland Avenue on Ashland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, will have meat, eggs, fresh seasonal produce including lettuce and strawberries; soap and honey; and flowers and fresh herbs.
▪ Herb’n Renewal and Valley Oak Produce are now set up 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in front of Pedal the Planet, 3450 Richmond Road. They will have herb seasoning, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, soaps and cut flowers.