Spend a little holiday time at vineyards, distillery

  

 

Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time for a picnic at a winery or distillery.

■ Lovers Leap Winery in Lawrenceburg is having Picnic in the Vines on Saturday. You can take your own picnic basket and dine on the grounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or you can eat burgers and hot dogs cooked by the staff from 4 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment is 5 to 8 p.m. The winery is at 1180 Lanes Mill Road. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to www.loversleapwines.com.

■ Horseshoe Bend Vineyards is pairing its third anniversary party with the Willisburg Homecoming and Memorial Day celebration Saturday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg.
The winery will offer Sunset Sips on June 19 and 20, along with a summer solstice celebration. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to www.horseshoebend-ky.com.

■ Maker’s Mark Distillery, 3350 Burks Spring Road in Loretto, is open for guided tours, picnics and lunch at The Toll Gate Café. Tours are every half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday tours are at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Call (270) 865-2099.

The café is open 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The menu changes with the season, but for spring, the bourbon-inspired items include barbecued pulled pork, grilled chicken sandwich, Cajun turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese, and chicken salad. Call the café at (270) 865-4982 or go to www.makersmark.com.

Wine and five courses

Black Tulip, 133 East Main Street in Midway, will have a wine tasting with Toast of Kentucky owner John Schweder at 7 p.m. Wednesday. David Vicini, a co-owner of Trecini Cellars in Santa Rosa, Calif., will be guest speaker. The cost is $75 for the five-course dinner. Call Summer Cooper at (859) 846-9923.

Sample some sopapillas

Abuelo’s is making it easy to indulge in dessert. The Mexican restaurant, at 3395 Nicholasville Road at Fayette Mall, is serving sopapillas for less than $1 for a limited time. Two sopapillas are served warm with honey for 99 cents. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to www.Abuelos.com.

Calistoga lowers some prices

Calistoga Artisan Sandwiches, 2217 War Admiral Way, has lowered prices on some menu items. With a Calistoga’s rewards card, you can even get free food. Call (859) 543-8642 or go to www.calistogacafe.com.

Farmers market reports

Here’s what’s fresh at area farmers markets:

■ Woodford County will have kale; mustard; beef and pork free of antibiotics, steroids and hormones; Brown’s beer cheese; shelled black walnuts; sorghum; broccoli; lettuces; greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers; baked goods; and flower and vegetable bedding plants. The market is open at the Courthouse Square in Versailles from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and on Green Street from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

■ Lexington Farmers Market will have strawberries, fresh roasted coffees, olive oil, herb and vegetable plants, flowers, Kentucky wines and “bicycle-powered” smoothies.

The market’s second annual Farm Tour will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Lexington Farmers Market booth Saturdays and Sundays or online at www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

■ The Bluegrass market will have strawberries, sugar snap peas, herb seasonings, asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, green onions, vegetable and flower bedding plants, hanging baskets of lettuces and flowers, tropical plants, baked goods, jelly and jam, and soaps. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.