Bacon, Brews, and Brims: A Kentucky Derby Party

April 16, 2015

Bacon, Brews, and Brims

You’ve probably already started picking out your outfit for The Kentucky Derby on May 2nd… but do you know where you’re going?

Sure – there’s plenty of fun spots you can spend your day before the exciting race, but I’ve got the scoop on the best place to spend your entire afternoon!

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is hosting their first annual Bacon, Brews, and Brims event on May 2nd, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. This event, geared towards not just racing fans, but the general public as well, is seriously going to be the hot spot for this year’s Kentucky Derby. And is there really anywhere better to watch the much anticipated race than the National Museum for Horse Racing? I think not.

So there’s a few components of this event that I want to highlight.

First – the drinks. The event will be set up with many vendors, some of those vendors including breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Of course, there will be mint juleps to celebrate the occasion, but if those aren’t your thing, you can also enjoy a variety of craft beers as well as many delicious wines and liquors.

Second – the entertainment. Funk Evolution will be providing the entertainment, and they’re pretty much one of the best bands in the area. They definitely know how to work a crowd, and they actually just recently performed at my sisters wedding and so I can say first hand that they rocked.

Third, and most important – the food.

As you see, bacon is the first word in the name of the event, and one of the biggest components of this event. There will be a bacon competition, being judged by yours truly, where each restaurant vendor will be creating a unique dish highlighting bacon. That’s right – bacon galore!

I’ve never paired bacon and mint juleps, but I feel like it’s going to work well together. How can it not?

Here’s an overview of the agenda for the event:

  • Coverage of the Kentucky Derby pre-show throughout the Museum
  • Samplings from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries
  • Live music by Funk Evolution in the official Hall of Fame
  • Awards for the best Derby attire by Natalie Sillery, owner of Saratoga Trunk
  • Judging for best bacon dish by Ashley Dingeman (ME!), Saratoga Food Fanatic
  • Raffle for a Whitney Day race package at the Saratoga Race Course
  • Live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame

Since we’re getting closer to May 2nd, time is limited to purchase your tickets in advance, so click here to reserve yours! Get your tickets before tomorrow, April 17th for $75, vs. $85 after April 17th and at the door.

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