Festival Unveiled


The Kentucky Derby Festival presented the kickoff event this past Thursday, March 14th –  Festival Unveiled, at the Mellwood Arts Center.

Attendees got a preview of the official poster, t-shirts and sweatshirts and met the creator of the official Kentucky Derby Poster


“Festival Unveiled” showcased several elements of the 2019 Festival. In addition to the 2019 Official Poster and Merchandise line, guests received the Official Program with complete details of this year’s Festival. While enjoying the evening, guests had an opportunity to bid on a silent auction of framed posters.

In conjunction with the event, Four Roses held the Four Roses Rose Julep Cocktail Competition. The Rose Julep competition challenges mixologists from Louisville and surrounding areas to showcase their skills in front of a panel of local celebrity and beverage industry judges evaluating each Julep based on taste, presentation and creativity. Event attendees sampled the six Rose Julep finalist recipes and vote for the “People’s Choice” Rose Julep.

Kentucky-inspired favorite foods were available at the event provided by Ladyfingers Catering. Food included a
Kentucky Beer Cheese and Pimento Cheese Dip with chips and pork rinds; Cheese & Vegetable Display including Benedictine served with crackers; Smoked Beef Brisket; Ale 8-1 Glazed Ham; BBQ Sliders; Hashbrown Casserole and Country Green Beans with Ham. Desserts included Kern’s Kitchen Derby-Pie®, along with wine from Old 502 Winery.

For more information, call the Derby Festival Office at (502) 584-FEST. All guests receive a complimentary goodie bag. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses are Presenting Sponsors of the event. Ladyfingers Catering is a Contributing Sponsor. Media Sponsors are LEO Weekly and 106.9 PLAY.

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, more than 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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