A thirsty and hungry crowd of nearly 400 swarmed Butchertown’s Copper & Kings Distillery Wednesday night for Taste, IdeaFestival‘s nod to Louisville’s most innovative food and beverage makers. With 19 food stations and 16 drink vendors, the evening was a gluttonous one indeed.
Booths were lined up on the grounds and on each level inside the brandy distillery, making for an organized, not-too-cramped food frenzy. Highlights included samples of the brand new Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey; freshly grilled sliders from Stout Burgers and Beers (my favorite eat of the night by far); homemade Combos-like snacks by the folks at Silver Dollar; a sip of Jefferson’s Reserve Manhattan Barrel-Aged Cocktail; a Copper & King un-aged brandy cocktail made with raspberry puree; and creamy, delicious mint chocolate gelato from Spotz Gelato.
One surprise of the night came from the folks at 8UP. I grabbed what I thought was chicken, and it turned out to be an octopus tentacle! Luckily Old 502 Winery was located next door, and I washed the sea creature down with their Bore Dough. Whew!
Below is photographic evidence that I indulged way too much for a Wednesday night.