Taste of the Derby Festival


This was the 17th year for the Taste of Derby Festival event (and 29th year as a Taste event that supports Dare to Care Food Bank), which featured signature dishes from more than 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. There was also a bourbon tasting and a plethora of samples from many different distillers, wine tasting, and a silent auction.

The Taste of Derby Festival has the feel of an upscale cocktail party, but it’s open to the public – but tickets don’t last long! The participating restaurants offered a selection of signature appetizers, entrees and dessert items. Some of the liquor vendors  featured small-batch brands not commonly available.

A Silent Auction returns to the event offering unique items from generous donors. All proceeds benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank.

Laura Ellis
Harry Dennery, Michael Berry, Terra Long, Lisa Stevenso,n Kathy Bingham & Annabelle Woody
Jeffersons Bourbon - Mike Kuntz & Jennifer Arnett
Ice Sculpture
Felicia Riles Payne & Carl Payne Jr
Mark Roberts, owner of Citiscoot
Ross Chandler & Tom Kandul
Lauren VanCleave & Jamie Alvey
Mia and Carrie Garr
Old Forester
Paulette Duboskym Paul & Geraldine Lenzi
Rip Hatfield & Kathy Newton
Leah Brown & Louis Waterrman
Nick Vassallo and Rachel Smallwood owner of The Orange Clover in Jeffersonville
KY Derby Princesses
Olivia Wrocklage, AJ Peak, with Griffin and Natalie Thomas
5 roses, no thorns
Slugger Field Lobby