The Butchertown Neighborhood Association is celebrating the arrival of fall with a savory re-imagining of the traditional Oktoberfest, the second annual “Porktoberfest.” (You can read Insider Louisville’s full story here.) This year, the mouthwatering festival will be held at Copper & Kings Distillery, located in the historic Butchertown neighborhood at 1121 E. Washington St.

From 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, Copper and Kings will serve its signature cocktails made with their traditional copper pot-distilled brandy, Apocalypse Brew Works will provide beer, and more than a dozen local restaurants will compete for cash prizes and the title of “Top Hog.” Participating restaurants include: Decca, Feast, Wiltshire on Market, Gralehaus, Louisville Jerky Company, Holy Grale, Taco Punk, and Sidebar.

Each of the restaurant’s original barbecue- or pork-inspired dishes will be sampled and judged by the guests of the festival. While the “Best Overall” category will be decided by a panel of judges, other categories, such as “People’s Choice,” “Most Creative” and “Best Dessert” will all depend on the taste buds of the crowd. And don’t worry vegetarians of Louisville, there also will be a prize for the festival’s “Best Vegetarian” dish.

The advent of the harvest season along with a treasured historical pocket of the city of Louisville will be honored with some of Kentucky’s finest beer, brandy, barbecue and, of course, live music. The evening will feature the unique sound of Billy Goat Strut Revue and the band’s “bourbon jazz,” a fusion of influences from Bourbon Street to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Admission is free, but proceeds from the purchase of food and beverage tickets will benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, an organization with the mission of preserving Butchertown’s history and cultural diversity.

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