You know it is spring when neighborhood festivals start to pop up. On Saturday, April 11, Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., will be the host of one of the first festivals of the season, what they are calling Cured & Crafted, for it will  showcase artisan foods crafted regionally–things like cheese and ham, chocolate and, it is very likely, samples of Copper & Kings brandies and absinthe.

C&K’s spokesperson Krista Kemble said, “Local vendors will be doing fun stuff. Jay Denham of Woodlands Pork will supply his country ham for various chefs. Bobby Benjamin, who will be opening Butchertown Grocery across the street from the Distillery, will make a ham meatball, Patrick Roney of Oakroom will do an English pea tortellini with ham consommé, and Art Eatables will do some pork caramels and bacon modjeskas.” Foxhollow Farm will serve up dishes from their pastured meats, and C&K will have samples of their new Butchertown Soda (colas, tonics and ginger beer). Kenny’s Country Cheese will make a special pork fat-rubbed bandaged cheddar for the event.

“Rookwood pottery will display some of their cool pieces,” Kemble continued. “The Kentucky City Boys, a bluegrass trio will perform, and we will be announcing that we are expanding the days we will be offering tours. We are going to be open Thursdays through Monday.”

The events will be free and open to the public, though tastes of the food and drink will be for sale. The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Click here to see the full list of chefs, cheese makers, ham makers, chocolatiers, and other artisans who will be there.