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The 39th annual Taste of the Bluegrass was on Friday, May 17th at Keeneland’s Keene Barn. More than 60 of the region’s best restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries offered tastes of their best food and drinks. Several vendors were from the Hamburg area including Bluegrass Hospitality Group, which runs all Lexington Malone’s, Drake’s, and Harry’s, Total Wine, Ted’s Montana Grill, and Shakespeare and Co.

Taste of the Bluegrass is God Pantry Food Banks’ annual fundraiser. This unique fundraiser allows attendees to sample food and drinks all night, listen to live music, and participate in a silent auction.

Not only did restaurants and businesses from Hamburg show up at the event, they came to win. Ted’s Montana Grill won best non-alcoholic beverage with their Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Total Wine won best wine with Courtney Benham Cabernet, and Bluegrass Hospitality Group won best appetizer with their Sriracha Wings. My Favorite Things donated a basket for the silent auction.

Among the judges was Jason Smith, the self-taught cook and baker from Grayson, Kentucky, who is currently a judge of Best Baker in America. Smith joined the judges’ to find the best dessert made with his “southern trinity” of bacon, bourbon and butter. The winner of the Southern Trinity Dessert award was Sweet LiLu’s Catering.

Taste of the Bluegrass is a great way to experience the best food and drinks in the Bluegrass while supporting a great charity. This event allows attendees to sample foods they may never order at the restaurant, and gives them the opportunity to speak with chefs, brewers and experienced team members of their favorite local establishments.

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