Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show 2012 Recap

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The Pointy Toed Shoes Sisters in Lexington KY – Just Another Day of Giggles

For us Lexington is “The Big City” a friendly place with much to offer women on the town. Most of us went to college there and know a few things about The Big Blue Nation! Giggles This weekend was especially exciting because in addition to the Incredible Food Show the Lyons Farms International Chefs Challenge competition was heating up.

We have a ritual during the Food Show weekend. We roll into town and hit a restaurant that serves great libations. We opted for Friday night at The Village Idiot, a very dynamic and FRESH Gastropub on Short Street.

The next morning before the show opens, we head down to the Lexington Farmers Market for crepes. Man! It was cold and rainy this year – however the breakfast shared in an open air market amongst shivers and giggles was truly a treat!

Incredible Food Show 2012

But first things first; this is the fourth edition of IFS and the third time for the Pointy Toed Shoes Sisters clicking through the aisles searching for new products, new ideas, and old friends.

With over 100 exhibitors, a book store, culinary demonstrations, talks, plus radio and television shows in production the event was fast-paced, tasty and fun!

The main attraction was The Food Network’s Chef Tyler Florence. Tyler cooked venison in the morning session and pecan pie in the afternoon session. In between times, he sandwiched in book signing, a meet and greet, and several interviews. Giggles (More after newspaper runs the story)

There were demonstrations on sorghum cooking and apple cider making.

There were vendors from all over; two of my favorites were Marksbury Farm   and Heavenly Homestead Cheese. Oh, and the girls from Cellar Door Chocolates!

Joyce Pinson Appalachian News Express and KY Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

It was a kick to see Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer out and about. He knows a few things about arugula and three-point-hitches. (Kentucky foodies inside joke)

Glier's Goetta served up at Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show 2012 Lexington KY

The Pointy Toed Shoes Sisters took some pursuading, but they are now goetta converts! Goetta, is something you just have to experience! A combination of pork and oats, it is a snack well known to breakfast tables in Northern Kentucky where our German roots run deep. Gliers Goetta handed out the patties nestled in a puffy dinner roll. Goetta love that! Winks and Giggles!

Pointy Toes Shoes Sisters Jan and Joyce, friend of PTSS Blogger Sharon Rudd of Eggplant to Go, and Pointy Toed Shoe Sister Tracy

New this year was restaurant row, which was a much needed addition. By the time we finished the interview with Tyler Florence, I was so hungry I forgot to look to see what restaurant dished up my barbeque sandwich. By then, we were ready for a break and hooked up with Sharon Rudd a Cincinnati food blogger with Eggplant to Go.

Chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn and Author Rona Roberts

There were several talks and presentations going on this year, Table 310’s Stella Parks spoke on holiday baking, and Author Rona Robertsgave a talk on sorghum. Megan Smith did a demo on apple pie making. I missed the presentations but caught up to Rona and Chef Ouita, a bright spot in our day!

Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show Sullivan University Stage Lexington KY 2012

Up on the Sullivan University Stage, there were culinary students battling it out in several cooking challenges. There were wineries offering tastings. And up and down the aisles the Kentucky Food Bloggers were sharing their experiences via twitter #IFS2012.

Joyce Pinson of Friends Drift Inn with Linda who was looking for a cushaw soup recipe

But for me the best thing about the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show was seeing old friends and making new ones. It was a kick to meet Linda who is one of my most loyal readers.

At the end of the day, we were tired but ready to point our pointy toed heels over to Azur Restaurant and Patio  where   Chef Jeremy Ashby put on one heck of show. But that’s another post. Giggles

I hope to see you at the Food Show next year. If the Incredible Food Show people are reading this, I vote for Edward Lee as the celebrity chef. Cannot get more Kentucky Proud than that! Giggles

Shout outs to ALL the Pointy Toed Shoes Sisters who make this journey of giggles all the more fun! Thank you!

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.