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Kentucky Life features Mountain Mushroom Festival, Spoonbread Festival and more


Kentucky Life features Mountain Mushroom Festival, Spoonbread Festival and more

For Release: 04/09/19 8:12 AM

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life spotlights unique Kentucky festivals and events, including Irvine’s Mountain Mushroom Festival and Berea’s Spoonbread Festival. The episode airs Saturday, April 13 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, April 14 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, April 15 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life travels to Irvine to explore the Mountain Mushroom Festival, which celebrates the age-old Appalachian tradition of Morel mushroom hunting. From cooking demonstrations and tastings to mushroom-themed arts and crafts and educational opportunities, the annual festival celebrates the region’s ties to the unique springtime mushroom.

Then, the program travels to Berea, where the annual Spoonbread Festival showcases the uniquely Southern dish that has ties to Native American culture but has evolved to become synonymous with Appalachia. Writer Joanne Drilling along with representatives of the annual festival share the ingredients behind the cornmeal dish that’s akin to a rich pudding or custard.

Finally, the program spotlights famed Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren, whose novel All the King’s Men won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1947.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Jim Voskuhl, Angelic Phelps and Tom Thurman.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications