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 Winter Fancy Food Show

January 17-19, 2016 - 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 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


  • March 2-4, 2016
  • May 3-5, 2016
  • July 12-19, 2016
  • September 21-23, 2016
  • November 1-3, 2016


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


The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

Septermber 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**


Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2016

March 4-6, 2016 - 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.




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