Get your stomachs ready for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, 2014

A corn dog from the 2013 state fair. I'm coming for you.
A corn dog from the 2013 state fair. I’m coming for you.

My love for the Kentucky State Fair is deep, and it is real. It is so real that my friends Samantha, Beth and I started planning our trip to the fairgrounds last month.

There is so much to see, do, and eat. The dogs herding ducks. Goats, pigs and cows giving mean side eye. A deep-fried Hot Brown? Why, I don’t mind if I do. All this activity requires proper planning.

The duck-herding dogs always steal the show.
The duck-herding dogs always steal the show.

The gates opened today, Aug. 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The fair runs through Aug. 24. Visit the fair’s website for information on parking, admission and everything you need to know about making your fair visit fun.

I’m not going for another week. In the meantime, I will start hoarding Mylanta for all the deep-fried deliciousness.

The Kentucky State Fair

Aug. 14-24, 2014

Kentucky Exposition Center

937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky

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Man v. Food Nation to feature Louisville on tonight’s episode

I have a not-so-secret crush on Man v. Food Nation host Adam Richman. 

I mean, come on, look at this guy:

What’s not to love?

Anyway, Richman stopped in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby Festival to film an episode of the Travel Channel‘s Man v. Food Nation, the latest incarnation of the show Man v. Food. In case you haven’t checked out this show, it basically follows Richman around the country as he explores local restaurants and participates in ridiculously awesome food challenges.

The Louisville episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. Richman lived in Louisville from 1997-1998 (too bad I was just a child at the time), so the episode is a mini homecoming for one of my favorite food stars.

During the episode, Richman visits the Brown Hotel to reveal the history of the Hot Brown, Lynn’s Paradise Café and The Comfy Cow, the Courier-Journal reports. You can check out some behind-the-scenes photos of Richman’s Derby City trip here.

Bits and pieces: Sandra Lee, royal wedding cake and other food news from the web, 3.29.11


  • Word’s out about the wedding cake of Prince William and his fiance, Kate – it’s going to be a fruit cake. It sounds like it will be very, um, British. (Time)


  • Cupcakes in a jar – the next dessert trend? (The Kitchn)



  • Need a little oomph in your sex life? Try eating some saffron, according to a group of researchers. (Gawker)


  • Food Network host Sandra Lee grates my nerves a bit, but her rise to fame is pretty interesting, and her advocacy to end child hunger is admirable. (New York Magazine)