We know the Masters Tournament is on Sunday, but let the DVR save it for later so you can head to Copper & Kings’ third-annual Cured & Crafted Artisan Market on Sunday. The week’s storms will be replaced by ideal sunny and 75-degree weather, making for an ideal family outing of eating, drinking and admiring some of the area’s finest artisan crafts.

Copper & Kings’ co-founder Joe Heron broadly defines the event as “a celebration of spring, but it’s as much about celebrating Kentucky’s community of artisans,” he said. “We really have such talent in this area, and we want to share that with people … by making our facility a community asset.”

That means there’s no charge for admission to Cured & Crafted, and exhibitors pay nothing to show their wares. Many samples provided by exhibitors are free, though larger food portions and drinks are for sale. Based on the last Cured & Crafted I visited, you needn’t bring a lot of money to beat back a big appetite.

Spread across the Butchertown distillery’s grounds will be 26 exhibitors (see complete list at the end of this story) including breweries, wineries, coffee roasters, cheese makers, meat curers, chocolatiers, donut makers … you get the point, a lot of food and drink. Between bites you can visit knife makers, plant growers, crafts makers and clothing retailers.

“This is the largest exhibitor group we’ve ever had,” Heron said. “And it’s also the most diverse in terms of the offerings.”

Unlike the distillery’s nighttime cocktail events for adults, this starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., providing a wide window to come when you like and bring the whole family.

“Every community event should be a family event where you can come with grandparents and kids,” Heron said. “Cured & Crafted has an informal, relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.”

Specific to the distillery Copper & Kings will offer tours and introduce two, brand-new gins, American Dry and Old Tom, and bring back its Butchertown Soda brand tonic for the perfect G&T on a warm day. (I tasted both gins this week and they’re superb. No chain fooling. If you’re a gin fan, you’ll love these.) The distillery will also be serving its excellent meat and vegetable hand pies.

Located at 1121 E. Washington St., the distillery has limited parking, but a paved lot between it at Story Ave. is open to the public. Otherwise, park on a side street.

Whether it’s enticing or a deterrent, I’ll be there representing a pair of Kentucky cured ham makers. Come by for samples of our state’s world-class products.

Check out the list and see who else is coming:

Against The Grain Brewery
Amanda Wilder Artisan Crafts
Art Eatables Artisan chocolates, truffles and candy.
The Bacon
Bill’s Famous Spreads
Blue Dog Bakery & Café
Broadbent B & B Foods (country hams)
Butchertown Pie Co.
Cellar Door Chocolates
Cobra Verde
Col. Bill Newsom’s Kentucky Country Hams
Commonwealth Cure
Elixir Kombucha
Foxhollow Farm
Heine Brothers’ Coffee
hey tiger
Hi-Five Doughnuts
Jessica Woolard Ceramics
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
The Beer Syrup Company
Louisville Cream
Monnik Beer Co.
Old 502 Winery
The Plant Kingdom
Red Hog
Red Hot Roasters
Sheltowee Farm
Shrubs By Eron
Smoking Goose Meatery
Thomas Family Winery
Triple J Knife Works
Quills Coffee

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Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 25-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass, Whisky Magazine, WhiskeyWash.com and The Bourbon Review. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.

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