There’s still snow on the ground in Louisville, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Festival will put a new twist on the traditional big reveal of the official festival poster – and add a shot of bourbon – on Thursday, Feb. 20, with Kentucky Derby Festival: Festival Unveiled at The Ice House.
In addition to the reveal of the 2014 poster, merchandise line and event program, Festival Unveiled will include the 11th annual Four Roses Rose Julep Recipe Contest. Louisville-area mixologists will put their own spin on the classic Derby drink for a panel of celebrity judges – including The Bourbon Babe – who will evaluate each julep on taste, presentation and creativity and crown a winner.
For the first time, event attendees will also have a say. You’ll get to sample the five finalists and vote for a “People’s Choice” Rose Julep.
Festival Unveiled begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Crushed Ice Events, a special dessert area featuring Cellar Door Chocolates and Kern’s Kitchen Derby-Pie, and wine from Old 502 Winery. You can also purchase a limited-edition 2014 Derby Festival poster ($50) and have it signed by the artists, Jeaneen Barnhart and Doreen Barnhart DeHart.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Purchase by clicking here.
(Photo from 2013 Julep Recipe Contest courtesy of Voice-Tribune)