JUN 2017

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 33 THE SOUTH'S FOODIE TRENDS Kentucky was the first state in the country to establish a beverage tour based on a specific type of product. Launched in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers' Association, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® was created to give visitors a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting bourbon, and to educate them about the rich history and proud tradition of the signature spirit. With 11 stops in Lexington, Louisville and areas in between, organizers advise those who want to complete their Kentucky Bourbon Trail Passport to plan on spending at least three days on the trail. Over the years, a number of other states and cities have created similar product experiences around coffee, spirits and liqueurs to rebrand their identities for foodies. Many culinary events in Charlottesville, Va., and surrounding Albemarle County are focused on wine, due to a large concentration of winer- ies within a 30-mile radius of Charlottesville. October is Virginia Wine Month and the area celebrates with a variety of tastings, tours and contests. In Spring, the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival offers wine enthusiasts a celebra- tion of the best of Central Virginia wines. There are more than 20 vineyards on the trail and the three-day event, includes the Monticello Cup Awards at The Jefferson Theater, winery visits with wine brunches, lunches, and dinners, plus a tasting event. This area is considered the Birth- place of American Wine and all the wineries on the trail have been inspired by Thomas Jefferson's vision of grape growing and wine- making. Many of the stops offer views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all welcome visi- tors to sample their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside and share their pride in Virginia's wine-making heritage. For those who prefer beer, the Brew Ridge Trail is a great option. Featuring seven craft breweries, it meanders through scenic Nelson and Albemarle Counties and into historic Char- lottesville. In and around Lexington, Ky., eight breweries are part of the Brewgrass Trail, a testament to the area's thriving craft beer culture. n ► F&B Experience: the Beverage Trails [ YOU CA ] #SMTXperience 512.393.5930 /TourSanMarcos San Marcos, TX is a groove. A way of meeting. Where you can be in sessions all day then try new craft brews and tasty cuisine all evening long. And it's easy – there's a variety of good eats just a few miles from your conference center. With quirky shops and nightly live music in our hip little downtown square, you'll definitely want to stay a bit longer. At you can. So why wait? Barboursville Vineyard near Charlottesville, Va.

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