For the next two weeks Kentucky has Derby Fever! A capacity crowd of more than 1,500 enjoyed a meal highlighted by Kentucky Proud products at the 61st annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday in Louisville. The Derby Festival leads to the Kentucky Oaks on May 5 and the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
“The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage, and it also gives Kentucky Proud products and producers a chance to shine,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “These Kentucky Proud foods, and hundreds of others like them, are some of the freshest, best-tasting foods you’ll find anywhere. And buying Kentucky Proud helps a farm family or a small Kentucky business make a living.”
Guests at the They’re Off! Luncheon enjoyed foods from the following Kentucky Proud farms: Black Hawk Farms of Princeton, Frondosa Farms of Simpsonville, Groganica Farms of Louisville, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese of Austin, Peterson Farm of New Hope, Stone Cross Farm of Taylorsville, Townsend Sorghum of Jeffersonville, and Whitaker Run Farm of Mt. Washington. Bourbon Barrel Foods, Dean’s Dairy, and Kern’s Kitchen, all of Louisville, and Davis Creek Meats of Walton also provided ingredients for the meal.
“Whether you can name all 142 Kentucky Derby winners, or whether you don’t know an exacta from an X-Acto knife, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating this special time of year in Kentucky,” Commissioner Quarles said. “And I hope Kentucky Proud will be a core part of your celebration!”