Buy Local at Sunday’s Fair

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance postponed its annual Buy Local Fair last month because of the imminent threat of bad weather. As of this writing, the weather gods seem more benevolent for the event now scheduled for Sunday, July 2, at the Louisville Water Tower, its location for the last several years.

Since the Fair is an outdoor event, the LIBA team decided to play it safe when all the weather reports agreed that rain was on the way last month. The Buy Local Fair features over 180 booths from an array of local businesses, artists, nonprofits and farmers. There will be food and drink vendors, including a craft beer tent, live music, and cooking and cocktail competitions. This is the first year for the “Drink Local Craft Cocktail Competition,” where local bartenders will create unique cocktails and attendees can vote.

At the cooking competition, defending champion Patrick Roney of Harvest Restaurant will be taking on Jacob Coronado from Red Herring. In this Iron Chef-style cooking competition, the chefs will be given a basket of mystery ingredients and will have 30 minutes to create a dish for a panel of judges.

The rescheduled fair takes place Sunday, July 2, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Admission is free, though parking is $5 per vehicle. Ride your bike to avoid parking fees.

Restaurants to watch out for

A good way to close out the first half of the year is to make note of the number of proposed restaurants that have been announced in recent weeks, new businesses that have expressed their desire to enter the crowded field with a dining public that seemingly is always interested in new entries. This list is tentative, for in the restaurant biz even more than some other sectors of the economy, there is, as the saying goes, many a slip twixt cup and the lip; that is, a lot of things that could postpone an opening. But, barring anything unseemly happening, here are the restaurant ideas that F&D has heard about: Continue reading Restaurants to watch out for

Surf’s up tomorrow at Copper & Kings

Tomorrow, Saturday June 24, The Ohio River Surf Club (a mysterious group that surfs in the dead of night without a moon, are invisible to ninjas and conjurers, and have cool hair, a nonchalant disposition with no desire to be famous, according to their press release) returns to Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., for The Return of Kentiki, the summer Tiki party. The surf rock band Inertia, featuring members of Wanda Jackson’s touring band, Bodeco and ex-members of the Ladybirds, will perform in the distillery courtyard from 8 p.m. to midnight, and there will beHula dancing performance by Hawaiian Hula and Ori Tahiti of Louisville. Continue reading Surf’s up tomorrow at Copper & Kings

Green chili wonton raffle under way

In honor of its upcoming 40th anniversary, Bristol Bar & Grille will hold a raffle for a chance to win free green chili wontons for an entire year. A $572 value, the winner will get one order of eight wontons per week in 2018. This signature dish – cheese and green chilis wrapped in a wonton wrapper, fried and served with a side of guacamole –  has been on the Bristol’s menu since the restaurant first opened in 1977.

Starting today, Wednesday, June 21,  anyone can enter the raffle by eating at any of the four Bristol locations: 1321 Bardstown Rd; Bristol Downtown, 614 W. Main St.; Bristol Jeffersonville, 700 W. Riverside Dr.; and Bristol East 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy. Diners will receive a raffle ticket with their check. Guests are limited to three entries per day. Bristol will randomly draw one winner Sept. 9 during its 40th anniversary party at Bristol Highlands. For more information, visit

Plans for that 40th anniversary celebration are already under way. The fun on Sept. 9 will include live music from Heidi Howe, Rusty Dimes and the Good Times, the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and DJ Matt Simons. Goodwood and New Albanian Brewing Company will serve beer while the Frazier Museum and Squallis puppeteers provide entertainment. Cooking demonstrations and a celebrity green chili wonton eating contest are also on the party agenda. The event will free and open to the public. More details will be released later this summer.