The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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2 2 P ull into a small Kentucky town during festival weekend, and you're in for a tasty culinary experience. Communities large and small throughout the Bluegrass State hold festivals to celebrate various aspects of their heritage. But some of the most popular are the events that shine a spot- light on the foods, spirits and fla- vors that make mealtime in Kentucky unique. And though the state's larger des- tinations have the wide-ranging food festivals that you would expect to find in any big city, the smaller towns tend to throw fetes that highlight one particular aspect of their culinary culture. In Bardstown, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a celebration of all things whiskey. Owensboro plays host to serious competitive teams at the International Bar-B-Q festival, and Newport puts on a series of different culinary festivals throughout the warmer months of the year. In London, the World Chicken Festival honors the fried chicken tradition immortalized by Col. Harlan Sanders. And in the eastern reaches of the state, the Kentucky Apple Festival features both fruit and the small-town charm of Paintsville. B Y B R I A N J E W E L L KENTUCKY S TAT E S P OT L I G H T 1 2 3 4 5 P A I N T S V I L L E N E W P O R T L O N D O N B A R D S T O W N O W E N S B O R O I S S U E M A R C H 2 0 1 7

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