Fall Festivals, Brewery Bazaar and Farm-to-Table Dinner Events
Georgetown fills fall calendar with good foods and brews
GEORGETOWN, KY – AUGUST 03, 2018 – A special evening at the birthplace of bourbon kicks off a busy fall calendar in the midst of Kentucky Horse Country when Chef Justin Thompson hosts the Sept. 7 Seed to Feed Dinner at Royal Spring Park. The same day, the 38th Annual Festival of the Horse gets underway. Also on the calendar: Evan’s Orchards’ Fall Festival beginning Sept. 16, the Oxford Antique Market on Sept. 22 and Country Boy Brewing’s Fall Bazaar on Oct. 7. See www.GeorgetownKy.com for more details.
From seed to feed to spectacular
Renowned Kentucky chefs will throw down during fall’s four-course Seed to Feed dinners. Hosted by Chef Justin Thompson of Georgetown’s Local Feed Seasonal Kitchen & Craft Bar, the dinners feature pairings with beer, wine and/or cocktails, live music and auctions with diners bidding on goodies from Georgetown shops, restaurants and attractions to benefit host sites’ upkeep and care.
On Sept. 7, Chef Jonathan Lundy of Lexington’s Corto Lima prepares Latin-inspired cuisine with Thompson at Royal Spring Park, where Baptist minister Rev. Elijah Craig, according to legend, first distilled bourbon. On Oct. 5, Chef Ouita Michel joins Thompson at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm. Michel’s seven-strong Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants includes Kentucky favorites Holly Hill Inn and Wallace Station.
Nick Allen Brown, author of The Astronaut at Bear Creek and the soon-to-be released dramatic thriller, Grainger County Tomatoes, is the special guest for the Oct. 5 dinner. The Kentucky author will discuss his mystery novel, Field of Dead Horses, about a big small-town secret and its ties to Georgetown.
A bit of unbridled fun
The 38th Annual Festival of the Horse takes place Sept. 7-9 in downtown Georgetown, featuring an enhanced Grand Parade of Horses, plus horse shows, live musical entertainment, art and craft exhibits, local and regional food, carnival rides and other family-friendly activities. The free-admission event celebrates the role of the horse and its heritage.
Festivals down on the farm
Georgetown’s Kentucky Proud farms go full on farm fun with family-friendly events, beginning Sept. 8 with Bi Water Farm & Greenhouse’s AutumnFest. Known as the “Disney of central Kentucky farms”, Bi Water pulls out the stops with hay rides, zip lines, petting zoo, miniature golf, paintball, Spooky Farmhouse, a monster pirate ship and more. New for 2018 are a Pumpkin Warrior Obstacle, Soybean Maze, Dinosaur Dig and Pumpkin Cannon. The fun lasts through Oct. 31.
On Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, Harvest Festival takes place at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, with amusement park-like rides, including a Rat Racers Big Wheel track and hay castle, plus U-pick apples, pumpkins, pony and hay rides and a Barn Yard Petting Zoo. Elmwood Stock Farm has From the Ground Up Tours scheduled for Sept. 11 and Oct. 4 and Nature Study Tours on Sept. 25 and Oct. 18.
Bazaar a brewing
Country Boy Brewing’s Fall Bazaar is on tap 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Browse the works of more than 50 local artists and craftspeople working in all variety of mediums in the laidback atmosphere of Country Boy’s enormous Georgetown Taproom. Order up a flight of this award-winning brewery’s craft beer – Shotgun Wedding, Survive, Cougar Bait – to sip before or after shopping.
Other activities in Georgetown: tours of Ward Hall – once home to the saucy and scandalous Sallie Ward – scheduled the first two weekends in September and October; a downtown sidewalk sale on Sept. 15; and the semi-annual Oxford Antique Market, with three dozen antique dealers, set for Sept. 22. For more information about these events and other reasons to spend time in Georgetown, visit www.GeorgetownKy.com.