Secretariat Festival 2023

Secretariat Festival Pre-Party

Secretariat Festival Pre-Party – Whiskey Bear at the Summit, Friday, Oct. 11 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Secretariat Festival carries on a racing fan tradition with a pre-party on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Whiskey Bear. Located in The Barn at Lexington’s Summit at Fritz Farm, Whiskey Bear will welcome Festival guests with its extensive selection of bourbons, classic drinks and crafted seasonal cocktails to toast Kentucky’s proud heritage and one of its most celebrated equine residents — Secretariat.

The pre-party will serve as a gathering place where fans can see old friends and meet new ones. From 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Festival happy hour specials will be available on draft beers, house wines and the evening’s signature libation, the “Big Red” made with fine Kentucky bourbon and ginger beer!

The Barn, which houses Whiskey Bear, is Kentucky’s first and finest artisan food hall — bringing the best of the Bluegrass culinary experience to the heart of Lexington. An all-local, all-independent lineup of restauranteurs features a diverse array of cuisine with craft ice cream, pasture-raised fried chicken, Greek street food, Japanese ramen, and more. This popular destination at the Summit at Fritz Farm is where locals and out-of-towners alike can experience Kentucky hospitality at its best.

In addition to its numerous dining options, the thriving Summit has more than 60 street-level shops to explore, including the Ariat Brand Shop featuring the finest in equestrian boots and apparel. (Did you know the popular company was named for our chestnut champion and its upscale “Two24” line pays tribute to Secretariat’s record-breaking victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes?)

The Summit is located at the intersection of Man O’ War Boulevard and Nicholasville Road with a street address of 120 Summit at Fritz Farm. Follow signage for The Barn to find the Whiskey Bear.


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