Saturday, September 21, 2013
First-ever ‘Kentucky Gathering’ will be
celebration of horses, heritage and hops
This will be the first year for Kentucky Gathering, which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 3 in conjunction with the Alltech National Horse Show. (Photo from Alltech)
Kentuckians will be drawn together Oct. 29-Nov. 3 for a new celebration – one that highlights the athleticism of horses, the tastes and sounds of Kentucky’s heritage, and the hops of the talented craft brewers across the state.
This first-ever Kentucky Gathering will expand upon the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park and will include plenty of family-friendly activities. Participants will be able to eat, drink and experience Kentucky alongside equine events, including a high jump competition featuring horses leaping up to 7 feet into the air.
“Kentucky is a brilliant state, one with a rich heritage and promising future, so we are honored to be able to gather together for a celebration of that culture and spirit,” said Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “The Kentucky Gathering will highlight the best of Kentucky, just as The Gathering in my native Ireland has done for Ireland this year.”
The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long people’s celebration in which communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport and spirit. Alltech has already hosted eight major events on the Emerald Isle for The Gathering.
Back in the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Gathering will highlight the richness of the state’s legendary horse culture. World-class equestrians will compete in the Alltech National Horse Show, with prizes totaling more than $850,000. The week-long show’s program includes hunter, jumper, equitation and gaited breed divisions.
The Kentucky Gathering will also include:
Craft brew enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample local brews from across the state. (Photo from Alltech)
Taste Kentucky: Kentucky’s craft brewers, food artisans and musicians will come together from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2. The event, hosted at the Alltech Arena, will allow participants to delight in brews from the numerous Kentucky craft breweries that have sprung up in the Bluegrass. Sensory sessions where attendees can learn about beer and spirit types, as well as tasting methods, will be offered with Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. Master Brewers.
Craft brew enthusiasts can also talk shop with their favorite local brewers from across the state. Authentic Kentucky food, both traditional and modern, will also be available from local vendors for sampling, from bourbon-infused delights to homemade jams. Along with food and drink sampling, the event will also feature live bands such as Boston folk rock band Girls Guns and Glory and Central Kentucky’s country crooner Dillon Carmichael.
Family-friendly activities: The entire family can enjoy the arena’s children’s play area, featuring inflatables, arts and crafts stations, an educational area and indoor Trick-or-Treating on Halloween with everyone’s favorite characters. Attendees can also browse specialty boutiques throughout the week with vendors from across the country. Take on a fitness challenge and join Jackie and Dan Evans from NBC’s The Biggest Loser for one of three races at the Biggest Loser RunWalk on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Dine Lexington! Restaurant Week: Embrace the local restaurant scene from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 when locally owned and operated restaurants will offer a $25 prix fixe menu in honor of the Kentucky Gathering. Along with full-course specialty meals, restaurant week patrons can also receive half-off admission to the Alltech National Horse Show with a receipt from a participating restaurant. The list of participating restaurants is coming soon and will be listed on the Dine Lexington! Facebook Event.
For more information, visit KentuckyGathering.com.