Food & Spirits

From urban cores to rural hamlets, Kentucky chefs pride themselves on featuring locally sourced ingredients on their restaurant menus. You can find many of these products at shops and markets around the state to bring home an authentic, farm-to-table taste of Kentucky.

During our growing season (April-November), many communities host farmers markets that are worth a visit. Year-round, market stores offer Kentucky Proud foods – meaning products grown, raised or made in Kentucky. Dozens of our small-farm wineries and craft breweries sell their products on-site and at retail locations around the Commonwealth.

Many Kentucky bourbons are probably available for purchase in your hometown, but they can’t compare to buying the perfect bottle at the distillery of your choice, or discovering a rare, small-batch bourbon you won’t find anywhere else. And don’t leave Kentucky without buying some bourbon balls (yes, bourbon-flavored candy), which were invented at Rebecca Ruth Candy in Frankfort.

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You’ll find a bounty of handmade treasures at art galleries and unique boutiques on Kentucky’s Main Streets, specially designated districts that offer a variety of local stores, historic architecture and authentic culture in charming downtowns.

 

Many of our top attractions, including the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum and Ruth Hunt Candy Co., sell their world-famous merchandise. Old-time general stores, in places like Rabbit Hash and Augusta, are alive and well here. And large flea markets (both indoor and outdoor) dot the state, offering everything from handmade furniture to Civil War relics.

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