Kentucky Proud

Domestic Trade Shows Program

One avenue through which the Kentucky Department of Agriculture promotes Kentucky food companies and their products is through the participation in approved tradeshows both in and out of Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture subsidizes a portion of each participant's booth space to assist small to midsize Kentucky companies in the marketing of their products.

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall


Domestic Trade Show Guidelines

Each participating company must be a member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. The Kentucky Proud Program identifies agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the Commonwealth. Companies are eligible to purchase space and request that funds be reimbursed for a portion of booth expenses. Reimbursement is contingent upon space and availability. Companies must meet eligibility requirements and products must be agricultural products that meet the guidlines of the Kentucky Proud Program. Participants are required to have a company representative in attendance to market their products. Each company must follow all show guidelines, fulfill all show requirements, and represent the Kentucky Proud Program with the utmost respect.

**Prior to participating at a domestic trade show or event, companies must review the Rules and Requirements and must complete and submit the Agreement to Abide by Program Rules and Requirements, which is part of the updated Reimbursement Packet.**


After the trade show or event, companies must complete and submit all parts of the updated Reimbursement Packet.






Approved Domestic Trade Shows

The following trade shows have been approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. Kentucky Proud members may be eligible for reimbursement for some booth fees at these shows. The reimbursement amount will differ for each show and will be based on a sliding scale fee structure. Please note that ALL reimbursements are given to vendors AFTER participation at the trade shows and AFTER all required documentation has been completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Click to see approved trade shows

**The following trade shows are approved for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2015. Please contact Alisha Morris at for paperwork after the event.**


The Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show

January 11-13, 2015 - The Moscone Center - San Francisco, CA


The West Coast's largest specialty food and beverage trade show takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

The Specialty Food Association Summer Fancy Food Show

June 28-30, 2015- Jacob Javits Center - New York City, NY


The 61st Summer Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association's (formerly NASFT), will take place June 29-July 1, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This is North America's largest specialty food and beverage event and products at the show include confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more. Connect with over 24,000 quality buyers at this event.


Companies who would like to exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show must be members of the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT). For more information, please visit


The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

AmericasMart - Atlanta, GA


  • May 5-7, 2015
  • July 7-14, 2015
  • September 16-18, 2015
  • October 27-29, 2015


For more information, please contact Cigi Morrison at (404) 220-2262.


The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

Septermber 4-6, 2015 - Winchester, KY


For more information about the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, please contact Winchester-Clark County Tourism at (800) 298-9105 or (859) 744-0556.  You may also e-mail


The Kentucky State BBQ Festival

September 11-13, 2015 - Danville, KY


The fourth annual Kentucky State BBG Festival will take place in Danville, Kentucky at Second Street and Constitution Square, September11-13, 2015.


If you have any questions, please contact:


For more information, please visit


The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 15-20, 2015 - Bardstown, KY


Since 1776, the people of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making Bourbon. Their dedication to the fine art of distilling eventually gave Bardstown the title of Bourbon Capital of the World. Come celebrate this passion and history at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you 6 full days of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It's a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.

If you have any questions, please call (800) 638-4877.


For more information, please visit


Spoonbread Festival

September 18-20, 2015 - Berea, KY


For more information, please call (859) 986-9760.



The Casey County Apple Festival

September 25-27, 2015 - Liberty, KY


From the first Apple Festival held on a gravel parking lot at a newly-built shopping center in 1974, The Casey County Apple Festival has become one of Kentucky's best street festivals. 2015 marks the 41st anniversary of The Casey County Apple Festival, which was named "Best Festival in Kentucky" in 2010.


If you have any questions, please call Deva Hair at (606) 787-5355, Delton Coppage at (606) 787-9297, or Alice Pratt at (606) 787-6032.


For more information, please visit


Mt. Sterling Court Days

October 16-19, 2015 - Mt. Sterling, KY


Every year since 1794 people have gathered together in Mt Sterling, Kentucky, to buy, sell or trade goods.  The excitement starts on Friday and ends on the 3rd Monday of October.  Just once a year does this four day event take place with around 200,000 people coming  to shop with the 1500 vendors who set up to sell.


If you have any questions, please call (859) 398-0289 or e-mail at


For more information, please visit


The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

October 24, 2015 - Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY


The seventh annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show will take place October 24, 2015 at the Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena.


This year's celebrity chef is Carla Hall, co-host of ABC's The Chew and former contestant and fan favorite on Bravo's Top Chef! Here are some important dates:


June 1st -  Applications for exhibitors will be mailed and available online, at


June 5th - Tickets go on sale to the public


October 23rd - Move-in day for the IFS – 8 AM – 8 PM


October 24th - Show Day – 9 AM – 5 PM


Please click on the links below for the exhibitor booth application at the Incredible Food Show and for this year's fact sheet:


2015 Exhibitor Booth Application


2015 Fact Sheet


If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Lloyd at (859) 253-4567, Ext. 3255 or by e-mail at


For more information, please visit


**The following trade shows are not eligible for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2015**


Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015

March 6-8, 2015 - Lexington Convention Center - Lexington, KY


Kentucky Crafted: The Market is one of the only state-sponsored shows of its kind to showcase traditional and contemporary fine art and craft along with Kentucky-related books, musical recordings, films and specialty food products.

The Market was chosen as the #1 Fair & Festival by readers of AmericanStyle Magazine four years in a row. It has been named a Top 10 Event by Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.


Horsey Hundred Vendor Fair

May 22-24, 2015 - Georgetown College - Georgetown, KY


The 38th Annual Horsey Hundred Vendor Fair will take place over Memorial Day Weekend at Georgetown College. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your products to over 2,000 Horsey Hundred cycling participants.


For more information, please contact Rowena Ruff at You may reserve space by clicking here.


The 42nd Annual Capital Expo Festival

June 4-6, 2015 - Capital Plaza Complex - Frankfort, KY


A festival for the entire family, with three days of continuous fun and free entertainment at the Capital Plaza Complex in historic downtown Frankfort Kentucky including Rumble on the River, the Fireworks display, Friday, June 5th at 10 p.m.


The deadline for food and top level vendor booths is Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Please click here for the 2015 Vendor Application.


The deadline for the Arts & Crafts Application is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Please click here for the 2015 Arts & Crafts Application.


For more information on Food & Vendor booths, please contact Amanda Presley at (502) 320-9247. For more information on Arts & Crafts, please contact Sherri McMillin at (502) 695-1958 or Robin Johnston at (502) 695-6975.


Salato Center Sampler

June 6, 2015 - Salato Wildlife Education Center - Frankfort, KY


The 12th Annual Salato Center Sampler will take place Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort. This special event will feature Bourbon sampling from many area distilleries, the best of Kentucky's fine wines, Kentucky brewed beers, great Kentucky Proud food, door prizes, a silent auction, and an opportunity to tour the exhibits at the Salato Wildlife Education Center, after hours.


Vendors will also have the opportunity to provide door prizes and small promotional items, coupons, and informational materials for bags that will be given to conference participants.


The deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015. Please click here for the 2015 Salato Sampler Form.


For more information, please contact Chad Miles or Lori Shoup at Boden at (800) 858-1549.


2015 Kentucky FFA Convention Expo

June 9-10, 2015 - Lexington Convention Center - Lexington, KY


Do not miss your opportunity to reach over 2,600 Kentucky FFA members, teachers, guests and parents at the 86th Kentucky FFA State Convention Expo. This year’s event will take place at Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Setup will take place on Monday June 8th from 12 PM to 5 PM or the morning of June 9th prior to the opening of the show at 10 AM. The Expo hours for 2015 will be June 9th 10 AM- 5:00 PM, June 10th 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM. Security is provided for the Expo Space. Please note that all times are EST.


Please note that the sampling or selling of food products requires prior approval from the Lexington Center. Please e-mail Brian Chism at prior to registration and if you have any questions.


For more information , please visit


The Kentucky State Fair

August 20-30, 2015 - Kentucky Exposition Center - Louisville, KY


The Kentucky Exposition Center will be taking care of all applications for the Kentucky Proud Market tent at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair.


For more information, please contact James Johnson at (502) 367-5200.


"A Kentucky Sampler"

November 19, 2015 - Frazier History Museum - Louisville, KY


The Frazier History Musuem is thrilled to host an event highlighting the launch of the Frazier's newest publication, Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture. The event is "A Kentucky Sampler" and will take place on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the Great Hall of the Frazier History Museum.


The evening will celebrate Kentucky culture, featuring guest presenters, live music, Kentucky Proud products and a cash bar. A small selection of decorative arts that will be included in the museum's forthcoming exhibition, Kentucky by Design, will be on display.


To follow the theme of the event, the museum would like to ofer an assortment of food samples that evoke a sense of Kentucky's heritage. The sample would be offered for free, in exchange for a free table/display space for each vendor and the ability to sell products to event guests.


For more information, please contact Jodi Lewis, Director of Public Programs, at (502) 753-1039 or by e-mail at



A Kentucky Crafted Christmas

December 4-6, 2015 - Ashland, The Estate of Henry Clay- Lexington, KY


Ashland, The Estate of Henry Clay is looking for Kentucky Proud Members who have products to sell at our first annual holiday market. In addition to Kentucky Proud Members, Ashland is inviting Kentucky Craft artists and artisans to participate.


Ashland is situated in the heart of Lexington and is flanked by some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods – Ashwood, Ashland Park and Chevy Chase. Vendors will be invited to set up 10’ X 10’ tents in an area close to the Mansion and the Ginkgo Tree Café.  There will be a tree lighting event on the evening of December 4 and candlelight tours of the Mansion throughout the weekend. The tree lighting will draw upwards of 1,000 attendees. New this year, the Estate’s outbuildings will be trimmed in  white Christmas lights creating a European Village feel.


Vendors will be changed a $100 fee for the weekend.  The deadline to register is September 25, 2015.


If interested, please contact Marilee Varner, Director of Fundraising and Special Events, at 859-266-8581 ext 206, or by e-mail at mvarner@HenryClay.Org. Please send up to ten images and pricing information, along with the best way to contact you during business hours.


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