By CHRIS ALDRIDGE, Kentucky Proud Connection

LEXINGTON, Ky. — More than 100 exhibitors have signed up for the fifth annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Lexington Center.


"I encourage Kentuckians to come out and support these exhibitors, many of which will be Kentucky Proud vendors," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. "The Incredible Food Show is a must-see for anyone interested in food, whether it be cooking or eating."


From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, exhibitors will offer samples of their products, which include local foods and wines, as well as dishes made by local restaurants and caterers. Homemade kitchen accessories will be for sale, cooking demonstrations will be given every hour, and culinary seminars and workshops will be offered.


"The show provides the public a chance to watch cooking demos by local and celebrity chefs, sample and buy local products, and support our local economy, all in one day," said Alisha Morris, who oversees domestic trade shows for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion.


Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees will hand out samples of the new Udderly Kentucky milk at the KDA booth. The Kentucky Proud brand is produced by 105 Kentucky dairy farm families and processed in Somerset.


Food Network celebrity chefs Bobby and Jamie Deen will give live cooking presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Rupp Arena. Their TV show, "Road Tasted," followed the Deen brothers as they traveled the nation in search of unique food. They have also published four books and market a line of spices, barbecue sauces, and T-shirts.


Saturday' festivities will kick off with a Kentucky Proud Breakfast for the first 300 paid attendees. Sullivan University chefs will use fresh, locally-grown ingredients provided by Kentucky Proud members.


Other show features include:

  • The Quick Tips Booth, a show favorite. Topics include "Coffee Lab: How to Prepare the Perfect Cup of Coffee," presented by Sunergos Coffee in Louisville; "Mix and Re-Mix: How to Make More Than One Meal Out of a Recipe," presented by host Brigitte Nguyen of the "Kentucky Proud Kitchen" TV show; "Milk and Cookies," presented by Bluegrass Bakery in Lexington; and "Chef Tips with Food, News & Chews," presented by chef Jeremy Ashby of Lexington's Azur restaurant and Sylvia Lovely, a local food advocate.
  • The Traditional Foodcraft area, featuring "Cooking Sorghum" with Country Rock Sorghum of Midway and "Grinding Corn for Cornmeal" with Connorsville Mill of Cynthiana.
  • Cooking demonstrations, including "Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen," featuring the host of the "Kentucky Afield" TV show; the "Pro-Am Challenge" featuring professional chefs teamed with amateur cooks; and "Dinner in 15 Minutes" on how to prepare quick meals on the go.
  • Culinary seminars, including "A Conversation with Chef Edward Lee," featuring the "Top Chef" finalist and owner of Louisville's 610 Magnolia restaurant; "Cast Iron Cooking and Care;" and "The Art of Charcuterie," which is a branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products.


Tickets are on sale at the Lexington Center ticket office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $40 for a reserved seat at one of the Deen brothers' presentations. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.


For a complete schedule of events, visit www.incrediblefoodshow.com.