It’s summertime again, and you know what that means: festivals. All over the south, folks are cracking out their picnic blankets and best hippie clothes to enjoy live music and great food. Both of those things are in abundance next month at Lexington’s Crave food and music festival happening August 12-13. Over the course of two days, the Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park will be flooded with thousands turning out to enjoy the fruits of the Commonwealth. If you plan to be a part of it, here are some of the things you can expect:

The Food

Music is a big part of the party, but this festival isn’t called Crave for no reason. Over 55 food trucks, restaurants, and chefs will be there to serve up some of Kentucky’s best southern and ethnic fare. There will be entrees and samplings of every mouthwatering thing you can think of: barbecue, jambalaya, artisan burgers and pizzas, tacos, noodles, craft teas, subs, ice cream — the list goes on and on. And that’s before we count the deep-fried stuff!

Kentucky Jam Sesh

When your arms are full from your food truck haul, settle down in the grass to enjoy the non-stop lineup of live music. Over a dozen bands will be playing at this year’s Crave, giving festival goers the authentic atmosphere and foot-stomping fun that you’d expect from a summer night in Kentucky.

Two Words: Craft Beer

You didn’t think a food festival would roll into town without some good brew, did you? Get to know some of Kentucky’s local and regional breweries as they serve up samples and cups on draft. If beer isn’t your thing, the festival also features a varied selection of bourbon, wine, and cocktail drinks.

Good Prices

Some festivals can cost an arm and leg, but Crave Lexington is very budget-friendly. Parking is free for everyone, and admission is only $6. Best of all, the food vendors offer items at $1, $3, and $5 price points, so there won’t be any “I can’t believe I paid $11 for a hotdog and a water bottle” guilt trips that seem inevitable at most festival food trucks. With prices like these, all you have to worry about is deciding which foods to try first.

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