CRAVE Festival Returns: 40 Lexington Restaurant Vendors

The CRAVE Food and Music Festival returns to Lexington for its ninth year and welcomes more food vendors than ever, according to organizers.

The festival, produced by Smiley Pete Publishing, will take place July 30 and 31 at Bluegrass Fairgrounds in Masterson Station Park. More than 40 participating restaurants and vendors will serve special entrees and samples at prices ranging from $2-5+.

As in previous years, festival-goers can purchase CRAVE Bucks, a digital currency used to purchase food and drink from vendors, on CRAVE’s website, cravelexington.com.

CRAVE recommends buying CRAVE Bucks before the festival, but they can be purchased at the festival using the festival website or app.

Food vendors will only accept CRAVE Bucks, and bars will accept CRAVE Bucks, cash and credit/debit cards.

The popular festival will take place during another favorite local dining event, Lexington Restaurant Week, which runs July 21-31.

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The Crave Food + Music Festival will feature more than 40 food vendors offering selections, most for $5 each. Provided

List of restaurants in CRAVEFestival 2022

Here is the list of restaurants that will serve at the festival:

Aunt Peaches Catering Company, Bae’s Bakery, Bourbon n’ Toulouse, The Catered Dog, C & J Foodbar, Condado’s Taco, Cotton & Cone, The Cuban Corner, Drake’s, Eddie’s Roasted Corn, El Patron, Empanada Queen, The Flying Waffle, Goodwood Brewing, Griffin’s Kitchen, Graze with AK, Habibi’s, Holly Hill Family of Restaurants (Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Midway Bakery, Zim’s Cafe, Windy Corner, Smithtown Seafood and Honeywood), Hogtown BBQ Social Eatery, Inebriated Baker, Jasmine Rice, J&T’s Italian Ice, Kona Ice, LaRosa’s, Louisiana Passion Catering, Maty’s Authentic Peruvian Cuisine, Mister Softee, Mi Pequena Hacienda, Nathan’s Taqueria, Old Kentucky Kettle Corn, Papa Pretzel, Pho Kytchen, The Pie Queen of BG, Piggin’ Out, Rolling Oven Pizza, San’s Healthy Choices, Sav’s Chill, Stoner’s Pizza Joint, and Thea’s Bass & Biddy.

New food vendors this year include Maty’s Peruvian Cuisine, The Flying Waffle, and Condado Tacos.

Award-winning Kentucky chef Ouita Michel will also be at the festival to give a cooking demonstration, as will Food Network chef and Kentucky native Jason “Lord Honey” Smith. Other culinary events will include Lady Remoulade, Black Soil, a Bloody Mary Drag Demo hosted by Uma Jewel, Bourbon and Cheese Pairing, Charcuterie Demonstration and Heaven Hill Whiskey Tasting with Brand Ambassador Bernie Lubbers and the bourbon steward Tom Wilmes.

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The Crave Food + Music Festival will have live music on July 30 and 31 starting at 1 p.m. both days. Ten bands are scheduled to perform, including the Restless Leg String Band, DeeOhGee and Hot Brown Smackdown. Provided

Music, cars, family activities

Along with a variety of dining options, there will also be live music from 10 bands, including the Restless Leg String Band and Hot Brown Smackdown; the CRAVE classic car show; cornhole tournaments and other activities for people of all ages.

“The restaurant and entertainment industries have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and we are thrilled to celebrate their incredible contributions to our community,” said festival director Amy Eddie.

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The Crave Food + Music Festival returns to Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park on July 30-31. Tickets and Crave Bucks to purchase food and drink are available online at cravelexington.com. Provided

CRAVE Food + Music Festival

When: July 30, noon to 11 p.m. and July 31, noon to 7 p.m.

Where: Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masteron Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road

Tickets: $10 daily admission fee or $15 weekend pass for both days. Children 10 and under enter free. To purchase food, you must purchase CRAVE Bucks online in advance or on the festival app.

On line: www.cravelexington.com

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The grilled oysters have been a big hit at the Crave Food + Music Festival in previous years. Provided

This story was originally published July 18, 2022 06:00.

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