13 Festivals In Kentucky That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss

We all need a little food for thought. The best place to get that can be at one of the many food festivals in Kentucky. Most people think funnel cakes, sweets and corndogs in regards to festival food, but the Bluegrass State has much better fare to offer. Our celebrations have things like barbecue mutton, farm fed beef burgers and homemade pies, along with some of the normal carnival-like foods.

Here are 13 of the best food festivals in Kentucky:

13. Barbecue on the River


In Paducah at 321 Broadway on September 22nd through the 24th you will find more than 35 teams of barbecuing professionals. They will be cooking up more than 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken using their best recipes. Patrons get to enjoy the goods and the cooks compete in hopes of bringing home the Grand Champion of barbecue trophy. You get to enjoy the scenic side of Downtown Paducah and some of the best barbecue in the state.

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There are plenty of great food festivals in Kentucky if you know when and where to look. We found just the place to keep you informed on upcoming events for 2016. What is your favorite Kentucky festival for food?