LEXINGTON, Ky. — The fast-approaching Crave food + music festival, coming to Masterson Station Park Aug. 24-25, has sealed its musical lineup with the addition of hometown favorite The Wooks. The highly lauded local band, recently tapped as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 Best Things We Saw at RailBird Festival,” will take the stage on Saturday night to thrill the audience with its high-energy “rhythm-and-bluegrass” sound.
The Crave Kitchen Stage is also set to showcase a full schedule of cooking demonstrations and contests with a cadre of reality TV contestants and local culinary aficionados, including former Next Top Model star and farmer Laura Kirkpatrick on Saturday and Top Chef Kentucky competitors Brian Young and Caitlin Steininger on Sunday. Saturday’s additional highlights include the Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off and a Heaven Hill Happy Hour cocktail demonstration featuring Alex Stiles, Amendment 21 Event Bartending, and Cody Crawford, Azur restaurant + patio. On Sunday, Heaven Hill Distillery Whiskey Ambassador Bernie Lubbers will lead a bourbon tasting/performance event that blends historic appreciation for both Kentucky’s signature sound and spirit — bluegrass and bourbon. Local culinary contenders such as OBC Kitchen, Lexington Diner, Oscar Diggs, Parlay Social and Ranada Bistro + Bar will also compete head-to-head on Sunday in the festival’s second annual Bluegrass Burger Battle.
In addition to the Wooks, Houston, Texas-based wind instrument quintet WindSync, the official “ensemble-in-residence” for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, will be joining Crave’s musical mix on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a pop-up performance. This collection of five outstanding musicians specializes in joyful, intimate and thoughtfully programmed performances that eliminate the “fourth wall” by performing from memory and connecting quickly and memorably with audiences.
The Wooks and WindSync join a jam-packed schedule of live music from across the region, created in partnership with WRFL 88.1 FM, with genres ranging from psychedelic rock, bluegrass and Americana to soul, funk and folk. The complete schedule can be found online at www.cravelexington.com/music.
Sponsored by One Holland, the Kentucky-based restaurant group that owns LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, Skyline Chili and First Watch: The Daytime Cafè, the Crave food + music festival is a family-friendly local food and music celebration that draws more than 23,000 attendees annually. More than 50 local and regional restaurants, food trucks and additional vendors are slated to take part this year.
Crave is produced by Smiley Pete Publishing, an independent, Lexington-based publishing company that produces Chevy Chaser Magazine, Southsider Magazine, Business Lexington and tadoo.com, and local food events such as Lexington Burger Week, Lexington Pizza Week and Bluegrass BBQ Fest.
For more on Crave visit CraveLexington.com. Additionally, join me from 911 a.m. on Monday Aug. 19 when Theresa Stanley of Smiley Pete and Crave joins me during Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio to discuss this year’s festivities. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or stream at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.