Beef producers sponsor Gourmet Garden in South Wing

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Kentucky State Fair set Aug. 16-26

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  Kentucky’s 38,000 Beef Producers are once again the proud sponsor of the 2012 Gourmet Garden at the Kentucky State Fair. 

The Gourmet Garden, located in the air-conditioned South Wing Lobby A, showcases daily educational and entertainment events from culinary professionals from across the state of Kentucky.  The Gourmet Garden has won the International Association of Fairs and Expositions’ Award of Excellence in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.  (The full Gourmet Garden schedule is attached.)

The Gourmet Garden will once again feature the Texas Roadhouse Road Show that will take place daily from 3 to 4 p.m., except Saturday, August 25. Chefs from Texas Roadhouse will take the crowd through Beef 101 and will go over all aspects of beef – from purchasing to preparing it on the grill.  It promises to be a tasty and interactive audience-driven event.

On top of the Gourmet Garden the Kentucky Beef Producers’ will also host the “Beef Basics” exhibit all throughout the fair.  The exhibit has been updated and entails 3 nutrition education stations, an “Ask a Farmer” station and a “Choices of Beef” taste challenge. The goal of the program is to educate consumers about beef’s choices, nutrition and how it is raised. As promoters of beef, we will be encompassing beef at every station to answer consumer questions and encourage them to eat more beef! You can also stop by Saturdays and Sundays to talk with a meat cutter! It will be located directly behind the Gourmet Garden in the South Wing Lobby A - open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

This is also the 10th year for the Cast-Iron Chef competition held daily from Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, August 26, at the Gourmet Garden Stage from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. Kentucky’s finest chefs will compete using secret ingredients and share their delicious recipes with Fairgoers.