Lexington, KY: Food Truck Friday will have 10 vendors; restaurants win at Taste of Bluegrass

A server in a rose costume offered Four Roses Bourbon's Rose-a-rita, which won an award at Taste
of the Bluegrass. JANET PATTON — Herald-Leader

By Janet Patton  |  Kentucky

A server in a rose costume offered Four Roses Bourbon's Rose-a-rita, which won an award at Taste of the Bluegrass. JANET PATTON — Herald-Leader
A server in a rose costume offered Four Roses Bourbon’s Rose-a-rita, which won an award at Taste
of the Bluegrass. JANET PATTON — Herald-Leader

Food Truck Friday returns to the Herald-Leader from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 12. The last event in May was a bit of a crush with overwhelming turnout, so this time there will be more food trucks to satisfy hungry lunchtime diners.

At least 10 food trucks will be there, includingBradford BBQ, Crank & Boom ice cream and Thai & Mighty (separately this time to shorten the lines), Crazy Bout Cajun,Gastro Gnomes, Pita Social, Minton’s at 760, That’s How We Roll, Sweet Lily’s Frozen Yogurt, and Honnah-Lee Bubble Tea.

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity. And the LexGo Eat team will be there, too.

West Sixth Brewing, 501 W. Sixth St., has introduced the third in its County Series beers: Mercer County, a blend of Belgian Tripel and Berliner Weisse aged in white oak Mezcal barrels. Finished with lime zest, this beer is inspired by the cooperage history of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

It’s also time for another West Sixth Open House. The brewery is promising exclusive and unique opportunities for the event that starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $40, including beer vouchers, glassware and tour, plus either Heller Heaven Double IPA fresh off the canning line or the new County Series. Go to West Sixth’s Facebook page to buy tickets.

■ Winners of the 35th Annual Taste of the Bluegrass, presented by God’s Pantry Food Bank, have been announced in 10 categories in both a Judges’ Best and a People’s Choice vote. (The Herald-Leader’s Cheryl Truman was a judge along with other local media representatives.)

Most notably, for the seventh year in a row, Louisiana Passion & Catering won for the Best Side as voted by the judges with Crawfish & Corn Bisque.

JW’s Steakhouse at the Marriott Griffin Gate completed a double sweep in both the Judges’ and People’s Choice awards for Best Appetizer and Best Dessert, a first.

People’s Choice winners:

Best Appetizer — JW’s Steakhouse at the Marriott Griffin Gate for their Bourbon BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Green Tomato Relish.

Best Side — Dad’s Favorite Cheese Spreads & Deli for their Stampin’ Ground Beer Cheese and Bacon Grits.

Best Entrée — Mi Piquena Hacienda for Pork Tacos.

Best Dessert — JW’s Steakhouse at the Marriott Griffin Gate for Kentucky Butter Cake with Bourbon Sauce.

Best Wine — Old 502 Winery — Bourbon Barrel Red.

Best Beer — West Sixth for their Belgian Blonde.

Best Spirit (Non Bourbon) — Mi Pequena Hacienda with their Margarita Hacienda.

Best Non Alcoholic Beverage — John Conti Coffee, Fresh Brewed Peach Iced Tea.

Best Bourbon — Four Roses Bourbon, the Rose-a-Rita.

Best Decorated Booth — Four Roses Bourbon

Judges’ choices:

Best Appetizer — JW’s Steakhouse at the Marriott Griffin Gate for their Bourbon BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Green Tomato Relish.

Best Side — Louisiana Passion & Catering for their Crawfish and Corn Bisque.

Best Entrée — Lexington Diner for their Bourbon BBQ Wagyu Slider with French Fried Onions and Ghost Pepper Jack Cheese.

Best Dessert— JW’s Steakhouse at the Marriott Griffin Gate for Kentucky Butter Cake with Bourbon Sauce.

Best Wine — Old 502 Winery — Bourbon Barrel Red.

Best Beer — Country Boy Brewing for their Halfway Home Pale Ale.

Best Spirit (Non Bourbon) — Strategic Brands Marketing for Mojo Shot Blue Lagoon.

Best Non Alcoholic Beverage — John Conti Coffee, Fresh Brewed Peach Iced Tea.

Best Bourbon — Southern Wine & Spirits Coastal Division for the Blade and Bow Bourbon.

A record number of tickets were sold with more than 1,300 people attending the May 15 event, which is expected to generate more than $130,000 for the Food Bank. For every $10 given, God’s Pantry Food Bank is able to distribute $100 worth of food. That means more than $1 million worth of groceries will find their way to families in need as a result of the Taste of the Bluegrass.

“The event continues to benefit hungry Central and Eastern Kentuckians as it raises money and awareness for God’s Pantry Food Bank to deliver millions of meals to our 50 county service area,” said CEO Marian Guinn.

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