By Kelly Vaughan Heitz
School may be in session, but you can live for the weekends as summer festivals are still in full swing in Lexington. Whether you’re in the mood to try an exotic new dish or jam to some local tunes, you’ll find something buzzing around the Bluegrass region this weekend.
Chevy Chase Street Fair
Now in its 14th year, the Chevy Chase Street Fair is set to be bigger and better than ever. This Saturday, August 25, the 800 block of Euclid Avenue will be bumpin’ block-party style with live music, street food, drinks, local vendors and activities for the whole family. Oh, and it’s dog friendly, so no need to leave the pup at home!
The event is from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., but if you’re not ready to shut down the party, hop into one of the many bars along Euclid for drink specials after the block shuts down.
The World Street and Wine Festival
For an upscale festival experience, grab your date and head to Chrisman Mill Vineyards for The World Street Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, August 25. Tickets are $64 per person and benefit “A Villager’s Hand,” a true fair trade organization that sends 100 percent of all donations back to the people in the villages they work with around the world.
You’ll be given a boarding pass and passport and meander your way through the vineyard to six different chef stations. At each location you’ll meet people from each country who will immerse you in their culture and introduce you to unique wine and food pairings.
Head to chrismanmill.com to purchase tickets and select your boarding time.
Passport to Flavor
For more around-the world foodie fun, head to Passport to Flavor this Saturday, August 25, at the Distillery Square Event Center. The event, which benefits the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, will feature international food booths from KRM client’s home countries, world music and dance, a silent auction, art displays, henna and so much more.
Tickets are $50 at the door (free for children under 5). Visit kyrm.org/passport-to-flavor to learn more.
Lexington Jewish Food Festival
Back for its third year, the Lexington Jewish Food Festival is the only place in the bluegrass where you can sample the best food from Jewish traditions around the world. If you love good food, you can’t miss this delectable festival this Sunday, August 26 at the Temple Adath Israel on Ashland Avenue.
New this year, the festival will feature foods from the Sephardic Jewish tradition of Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East. Taste wondrous keftes garaz, Moroccan carrot salad, homemade hummus, and more. Plus, you’ll find festival favorites like corned beef sandwiches, borscht, latkes, knishes and kosher hot dogs.
Tickets are $20 for adults, which gets you 16 sampling tickets to use throughout the festival. Children 12 and younger are free, so pack up the whole family for this cultural experience.
The festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or until the food runs out (and trust me, it will, the food is that good)!
Don’t let the school blues drag you down, spice up your weekend with some of Lexington’s most exotic flavors and festivals.