The “Taste of Derby” is a tremendously exciting event held in Louisville each year during Derby week. The inaugural event took place in 2010 and was followed up by another wonderful experience in 2011.
The event is a showcase of signature cuisine dishes paired with unique and interesting wine selections. Award-winning chefs from major racing cities, such as New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, and Los Angeles have been featured at the event. Guests attending the event sample a vast array of food and wine pairings while socializing with celebrities from throughout the thoroughbred racing industry. Taste of Derby also makes significant contributions to hunger relief organizations. The event is typically held on Thursday evening of Kentucky Derby week and is a great way to kickoff your visit to Louisville for Derby weekend. Don’t miss your chance to attend this outstanding event. The event is held at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Red Carpet Entry beginning at 7 p.m.
- Food & Wine Tastings and Premium Open Bar
- Cocktail Party Attire
- Complimentary Valet Service
The Barnstable-Brown Gala is by far the biggest and most exclusive Kentucky Derby party of the entire weekend. This annual party, now held for 23 straight years, is where actors, actresses, athletes, models, musicians, and VIP’s all come to have an exciting evening just prior to the Kentucky Derby. This party offers a night of fun, food, and entertainment like none other. The event is not only a great party, but also a fundraiser to help support diabetes research at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. Thousands of fans line up along Spring Drive and near the red-carpet driveway entrance of the Brown family home to catch glimpses of the stars as they arrive. The party goes on well into the night and all attendees are treated to outstanding food, drinks, music, and dancing throughout the evening.