Kentucky Culinary & Arts Experience
Kentucky Artisan Center Will Be your First Experience
The Kentucky Artisan Center is a great place to experience Kentucky hospitality and see the array of Kentucky’s creative works and products. The Kentucky Artisan Center is a state agency in the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea began as a local initiative in Madison County, following the tornado that struck Berea in 1996, damaging a number of artisan shops and weakening artisans’ ability to market their work. Area artisans, legislators, city officials and representatives from Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University gathered to develop plans for an artisan center that would provide new visibility for their artisans’ and the products they create while boosting Kentucky culture.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea was created as an economic development initiative. Though it began locally, it became a state project. Guidance for the development of the Center and its activity continues to be provided by a 13-member board, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Advisory Board, and assisted by numerous partnerships among cabinets of state government, with city and county government, with colleges, with other organizations and agencies, and with individuals interested in the Center’s mission and goals.
Old Town Amish Store Experience is the Second Stop
The Old Town Amish Store is Big City Deli in a small-town atmosphere.
Guests are invited to “Come inside and breathe in the smells of fresh baked breads and slow smoked BBQ. We have a unique store featuring Amish country favorites, such as hand rolled butter, a diverse selection of cheese, and bulk foods galore. If you seek something from the Bluegrass state, we also represent many Ky Proud vendors. Our local products range from hand made goat soaps and lotions to sauces, raw honey, and cornmeal ground right here in KY.”
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