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 trade shows 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.

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.

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**The following trade shows are approved for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2016. Please contact Alisha Morris at for paperwork after the event.**


The Specialty Food Association Summer Fancy Food Show

June 26-28, 2016- 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


  • July 12-19, 2016
  • September 21-23, 2016
  • November 1-3, 2016


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


2016 Capital Expo Festival

June 2-4, 2016 - Frankfort, KY


The 43rd Annual Capital Expo Festival will take place June 2-4, 2016 in Frankfort at the Capital Plaza Complex.


You may access the application for food and top level vendor booths by clicking here. If you have questions about the foood and top level vendor booth application, please contact Amanda Presley at (502) 320-9247.


You may access the application for arts and crafts vendors by clicking here. If you have questions about the arts and crafts vendor application, please contact Sherri McMillan at (502) 695-1958. Please note that you will need to provide Alisha Morris with a description of you product(s) sold andn their direct Kentucky farm impact in order to be eligible for reimbursement.


**You must submit your reimbursement packet to Alisha Morris by July 5, 2016 to receive reimbursement for the Capital Expo Fesitval.**


Beer Cheese Festival

June 11, 2016 - Winchester, KY


The Seventh Annual Beer Cheese Festival will take place in Winchester's Historic Downtown District from 10 AM to 5 PM on June 11, 2016.


For more information about the Kentucky Proud Vendor section at the festival,, please contact Rachel Alexander, Winchester First Director at (859) 737-0923 or by e-mail at


The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

September 2-4, 2016 - 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, 2016 - Danville, KY


The fourth annual Kentucky State BBG Festival will take place in Danville, Kentucky at Second Street and Constitution Square, September 9-11, 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact:


For more information, please visit


The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 13-18, 2016 - 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


Mt. Sterling Court Days

October 14-17, 2016 - 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 following trade shows are not eligible for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2016**


Horsey Hundred Vendor Expo

May 27, 2016 - Georgetown College - Georgetown, KY


The Horsey Hundred Vendor Expo will take place on the campus of Georgetown College on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 3 PM to 9:30 PM. Over 2,500 visitors from 47 states will be on hand for the Horsey Hundred.


For more information, please contact Rowena Ruff at


Salato Sampler

June 4, 2016 - Salato Wildlife Education Center - Frankfort, KY


The 13th annual Salato Sampler will take place at the Salato Wildlife Education Center on June 4, 2016. For a donation of product from your business you will become a Salato Sampler Sponsor and be listed on the program for the evening. This is a great opportunity to showcase your product(s) to a select audience.


You may access the participation form by clicking here. If you would like more information, please contact Chad Miles or Sam Seaton at (502) 229-7578.


Taste of Kentucky Food Festival

October 22, 2016 - African American Heritage Foundation - Louisville, KY


For more information, please contact Robyn Stuart at (859) 612-9550 or Norma Taylor at (859) 619-2774 or by e-mail at


Cincy Specialty Food & Treats ShowSM

November 11-13, 2016 - Duke Energy Convention Center- Cincinnati, OH


The 2016 Cincy Specialty Food & Treats ShowSM is the place to find all your holiday entertaining and gift ideas. This Show will feature the finest chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, candies, meats & cheeses, jams, jellies, honey, salsas, sauces, noodles, olive oils, spices, dips and spreads, drinks and mixes all for you to buy for yourself & for gifts. Local chefs and culinary personalities also will demonstrate their cooking prowess. The best part? Most exhibitors and chefs offer samples of their products so you can try before you buy. In addition, you’ll learn how to impress your yuletide guests when attending the Show’s holiday entertainment seminars.

Cincy Specialty Food & TreatsShowSM runs in tandem with The Greater Cincinnati Holiday MarketSM. Together, the Shows provide a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday gift and entertaining needs.

You can access the "Information for Exhibitors" portion of the show's website by clicking here. The Exhibitor Application is available on that page.


For more information, please contact Vicki Hart at (513) 797-7900.







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