This past weekend October 23-24, Lexington Kentucky hosted their 2nd annual “The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show” featuring Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis at the Lexington Center. Admission was $15 dollars for adults/$5 for children. Coupons were available on the website for $2 off your admission.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis, host of “Everyday Italian” and “Giada’s Weekend Getaways” plus “Giada at Home” on the Food Network Channel, gave two cooking presentations at Rupp Arena on Saturday October 23rd. Ticket prices which included admission to the Food Show were $35 (upper level seating), $55 (reserved seating), and $85 (floor seating including an autographed copy of Giada’s fifth cookbook “Giada at Home.”
I didn’t attend the cooking presentation but was able to meet Giada from a far. A line was forming right in front of her signing table. This was a perfect chance to take some pictures of a "Food Network" star. She is so beautiful and lively in person. Her smile makes you wanna smile.
Besides meeting Giada, My sister-in-law and I really enjoyed visiting all the vendor's booths at the show. “The Marketplace” had more than 100 exhibitors. There were food samples galore. It was like food heaven. We tried all types of beer cheese, sauces (BBQ, Hot Sauce, Steak Sauce etc…), flavored popcorn, cakes/cupcakes, fudge, creamed candy, pasta, different meats, ice cream and more. Here are just a few of the booths we stopped at:
This is a Topsy Turvy Cake demonstration presented by Sullivan College. I didn't get to see the finished cake but was able to watch the starting of it.
I have a cake decorating book that teaches you how to make figurines out of marzipan. They made farm animals to go on the topsy turvy cake. How cute are they!
The wine tasting aisle was amazing. Local wineries were flowing with many different wines and they were full of information about them. We tried all types: dry wines, sweet wines, red wines, white wines, fruity wines. We were so wined out that we didn’t get to visit all the booths.
Last year, Bobby Flay was the celebrity from Food Network. I missed out on that one. Hopefully next year Rachael Ray will be there. I will pay floor seating price to see her. Too be honest any Food Network star would be great. I should start saving.