Soiree highlights culinary scene

By Aayat Ali

A Lexington street party celebrating horses, beer, food and music hits the block of Jefferson Street on Wednesday, September 14. 

The Jefferson Street Soiree takes place on Jefferson Street, stretching from Short Street to Maryland.  The area is home to several local favorites and allows them to show off their contributions to the Lexington community.

The party will be jam-packed with local restaurants, breweries and various businesses along the strip including Blue Stallion Brewing, West Sixth, Stella’s Kentucky Deli, Wine+Market, Grey Goose and several others. 

Keeneland and VisitLex’s “Beyond Grits” will be hosting the third annual shindig. Beyond Grits is a section of VisitLex dedicated to informing visitors about the hundreds of local restaurants in town that “go way beyond grits” and showcases the local culinary scene as well as the bourbon and the emerging craft beer scene.

The soiree celebrates the Keeneland September Yearling Sale that begins on Monday and will last until Sunday, September 25.  In its 73rd year, international horse buyers come to the world’s largest thoroughbred auction where thousands of the best and healthiest breeds of young horses will be seen for the first time. With this, the party allows local business owners to highlight Lexington’s ever-growing culture to visitors from around the world.  

“Over the last several years Jefferson Street has evolved into a true restaurant and entertainment district,” according to the Keeneland website.  “Prior to 2008, The Green Lantern and Stella’s were the only two establishments in operation”

Along with the celebration of the yearling sale, the party will host live music from bluegrass jam band The Wooks and local blues legend Tee Dee Young.

The Jefferson Street Soiree takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along Jefferson Street.  Admission is free. The event is cash only.