Photo by Jessie of Kriech-Higdon Photography

Photo by Kriech-Higdon Photography

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has topped itself once again: More than 180 booths from local businesses, musicians, artists, chefs, community organizers and farmers are confirmed for Sunday’s annual Buy Local Fair held at the Water Tower.

With temperatures predicted to be in the mid 80s with a slight chance of rain, the day should be ripe for browsing, buying, drinking and snacking. The event runs Sunday, May 17, from noon-6 p.m., and parking at the Water Tower is $5 per vehicle, or free if you’re on bike.

Photo by Kriech-Higdon Photography

Photo by Kriech-Higdon Photography

As with previous Buy Local Fairs, there will be a craft beer tent, food trucks, a silent auction, live music (from In Lightning, Slow Down Johnny, Nick Peay Band and Alex Wright Band) and a Kid’s Zone sponsored by the Louisville Water Company. The cooking competition this year will pit Decca’s Cody Stone against Seviche’s James Moran, who will both be given a mystery basket of ingredients and have 30 minutes to concoct a dish for a panel of judges.

New this year is The Back Porch, an area roped off on the back patio of the Water Tower for bourbon, brandy and cigar enthusiasts.

The mission of the festival is to foster cooperation, cross-pollination and strength in numbers for locally owned businesses and organizations — and with 180 examples, it seems as if the mission has been accomplished.

Be sure to stop by Insider Louisville’s booth and say hello.