FRANKFORT, Ky. — For the second straight year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail.
This highly successful trail is part of the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative that showcases one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Better in the Bluegrass was highlighted by the last season of Top Chef that took place in Kentucky.
“We are extremely excited to continue the culinary trail for a second year,” Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors and locals to have a unique culinary experience at one of our state park restaurants while enjoying the great outdoors and scenic beauty all our parks have to offer.”
“The Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail is a fun way for our guests to experience local dishes all across Kentucky,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “Our partnership with the Kentucky Department of Tourism helps guide tourists to our parks and other culinary destinations in every region.”
A Kentucky State Park restaurant in each of the nine tourism regions offers one of these signature meals. Pick up a culinary passport at any state park where guests can receive stamps after trying the featured meals at all nine parks along this culinary trail to receive a gift. Meals will be served May 19 through Oct. 31, 2019 and local producers will be utilized for portions of each regional meal.
State Parks Featured:
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Bluegrass Blues & Barbecue Region
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Bourbon, Horses & History Region
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Region
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Kentucky Appalachians Region
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Daniel Boone Country Region
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Carlisle
Northern Kentucky River Region
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Southern Shorelines Region
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
Western Waterlands Region
To learn more about each region’s cultural heritage, signatures dishes, recipes, and the Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, please visit betterinthebluegrass.com.