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A Taste of the 2015 Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

Morgan Miller, Savoring Kentucky's fall 2015 intern, wrote this post and took these photos describing her recent trip to the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show.

On October 24 the Lexington Center was alive and buzzing with foodies eager to sample the state. The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show (IFS) offered opportunities to taste and buy products from over 100 vendors who exemplify the passion, tradition and love so many Kentuckians have for their home. Here are four Kentucky Proud products I particularly enjoyed.

Back Porch Hot Sauce is manufactured and bottled in Winchester, Kentucky.

Back Porch Hot Sauce is manufactured and bottled in Winchester, Kentucky.

Back Porch Hot Sauce uses recipes that owner/operator Stacy Hicks has carefully crafted and perfected. From mild to fiery hot, the sauces all offer the twang we love so much.

We Pop Kentucky Proud popcorn, grown in Western Kentucky.

We Pop Kentucky Proud popcorn, grown in Western Kentucky.

Two families, the Hornbacks and the Winsteads of Hopkins County, Kentucky, started We Pop on their farms' connecting land. Their popcorn is harvested directly from their farms and is an all-Kentucky product. Unlike Orville Reddenbacher, We Pop tastes fresher, has less preservatives, and doesn’t leave a waxy film-like coat in one’s mouth, as most microwaveable popcorn does.

Hillbilly Gourmet sauces, produced by Hillbilly Pantry

Hillbilly Gourmet sauces, produced by Hillbilly Pantry

Hillbilly Pantry is a company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Using both old family recipes and classic Kentucky recipes, Hillbilly Pantry carefully crafts many goods that are considered staples in Kentucky homes. This company offers the best spicy pickles I’ve ever had, with just the right amount of sweetness and a spicy, crunchy kick.

Crigger Farm's motto: “Your local source for all things honey.”  

Crigger Farm's motto: “Your local source for all things honey.”  

Crigger Farm is located in Warsaw, Kentucky. Over 40 years ago “Papaw” Crigger started beekeeping and selling honey. In 2010 Tristan and Lori Crigger took over the business and now sell at local farmers' markets. From Bourbon Creamed Honey to Honey Energy bars, Crigger Farm is all around sweet.

From coffee to wine, macarons  to cheese, IFS highlighted some of the greatest qualities Kentucky has to offer: its rich food and its lovely people. 

There’s a lot to be proud of, folks!

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