The concession stands at University of Louisville still will feature staples such as burgers and popcorn, but now a portion of those products will come from Kentucky Proud farmers.

Concession stands at University of Louisville sporting events will serve Kentucky Proud products. | Courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Concession stands at University of Louisville sporting events will serve Kentucky Proud products. | Courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky Proud food products will be sold at all U of L athletic events held locally as well as concerts and shows at the KFC Yum! Center, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced today in a news release. Kentucky Proud is a program that promotes greater access to foods that have been raised or grown within the state.

“This will create a wave of new Kentucky Proud fans who will demand fresh, local Kentucky Proud foods at U of L athletic events and at their favorite restaurants and groceries,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in the release. “We look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful relationship with U of L.”

Centerplate, which handles all concessions and hospitality at U of L sporting venues, has agreed to purchase at least $50,000 worth of Kentucky Proud products in the first year, the release states.

Items will include burgers from The Chop Shop of Wolfe County and Omni Custom Meats of Bowling Green; meats from Brooks Meats of Walton; Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese of Barren County; and Kentucky Proud popcorn, which is grown on farms in western Kentucky and processed by Nebraska-based Preferred Popcorn.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]