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Second annual Crave Food & Music festival announces full line-up and other details!

Published: 08/28/2014

LEXINGTON, KY - Crave Lexington presented by Windstream, Central Kentucky's signature outdoor, "made-from-scratch" food + music festival, returns to the MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre at Beaumont Circle September 13-14, 2014. The second annual event follows a successful inaugural 2013 event that drew about 10,000 visitors from all over the Bluegrass.

This year, Crave will feature diverse and delicious offerings from more than 40 food and drink vendors - no concessions or large franchises allowed. Admission to the festival is free, and festival goers can purchase $1, $3, or $5 food and drink samples, allowing everyone to explore a variety of options.

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the growing variety of top-quality local brews at the craft beer tent, or enjoy a mixed drink at a ticketed VIP cocktail lounge, which will feature all the amenities of a posh living room and private cocktail bar.

The festival will include live music for every taste, from indie to Americana, bluegrass to hip hop, soul to Afro-beat. Saturday's lineup will feature world-class artists such as Brian Owens & the Message Trio (the "new voice of American soul"), southern indie rockers The Features, Lexington's own C the Beat, and local hip hop group Tribe Called Lex. Sunday's stage will present the musical powerhouse Baoku & The Image Afro-Beat Band, Lexington's favorite "Honky Tonk Soul" band Coralee and the Townies, homegrown favorites Bluegrass Collective and soulful bluegrass-influenced 7-piece Blind Corn Liquor Pickers.

The event will also feature five cooking demonstrations by some of the the region's finest chefs and culinary enthusiasts on everything from eggs to game birds to the perfect pie. As a bonus for art enthusiasts, PRHTBN will also partner with Crave to curate several installations on the festival grounds.

In addition to the food vendors, Crave will serve up three multi-course special events: the Candlelight Casual on Saturday night; Jonathan's at Crave Sunday Brunch; and We Are All Animals at Azur, a closing party featuring a live tribute to Pink Floyd's seminal album "Animals" with a 5-course menu to accompany. Limited seating is available, with advance tickets available to purchase separately online.

Kids' activities will include a "flip out zone" manned by Legacy Gymnastics, inflatables and a "Locally Crafted" graffiti wall to will encourage kids to get their hands dirty and their artistic juices flowing. In addition, the PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure will feature educational activities for kids ages 3-6, with an on-site photo booth, crafts, computer activities and more.

New this year: foodies can support their favorite food vendors by casting a vote in the "Beyond Grits: Best of Crave" awards. Votes will be cast on site at the Wild Thyme Crave Corner Market -- another first for the festival, this market will feature Kentucky-made products to take home, from food items to art to jewelry. Moreover, several Civic Agriculture Awards will be rewarded to people, businesses, or organizations who have demonstrated the most significant impact on the social and economic health and growth of our food system.
Get your forks ready, folks: Kentucky never tasted so good!

Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival takes place Saturday, September 13 from Noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, September 14 from Noon-6 p.m. at the MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre. Admission is free.