State Fair: Gourmet Garden

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"Gourmet Garden is really great because you can get a lot of tips to use about cooking. It's all Kentucky proud vegetables. It's sponsored by the Beef and Pork producers."

If slicing, dicing, sautéing, and simmering are your thing then you will want to check out the Gourmet Garden at this year Kentucky State Fair.
Metcalfe County native Tonya Sexton is responsible for making sure the stage is set for the Gourmet Garden at the south wing of the Fair and Exposition Center.

"Gourmet Garden I'm in charge of scheduling all the chefs and coordinating our Cast Iron Chef competition, which is a lot like the Iron Chef from the Food Network. We have two gourmet chefs who go against each other."

Sexton is a senior at the University of Louisville and got her job as stage manager through an internship with the Kentucky State Fair board. She has been working ten to twelve hour shifts since it began, but this isn't her first time at the fair.

"I've been to the state fair many times. I was really active in FFA. I did dairy judging and all that. So it's really cool to come up here and see people showing cows that you grew up with from home."

Sexton says as soon as this year's fair is over on they will begin planning for next years. The state fair runs until this Sunday in Louisville. The Gourmet Garden stage is in the South Wing of the Fairgrounds. The Cast Iron Chef competition is daily at 1:30pm and other cooking seminars take place for the rest of the day.

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And for this week's Kentucky State Fair schedules check out the links below:
Tues. 22nd Schedule
Wed. 23rd Schedule
Thurs. 24th Schedule
Fri. 25th Schedule
Sat. 26th Schedule
Sun. 27th Schedule

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