If you're anything like us then your desire to travel the world is often driven by an enthusiasm for food. You can often find us planning our holiday hotlist by dining destinations, thinking about out next meal before we've even set foot on the plane.
And this year, the next place on our must-visit list is Kentucky. Why? Well, in addition to all the bourbon and thoroughbred horses, The Bluegrass State lays claim to one of the most diverse food scenes in the United States.
In the last few years, this southern state has seen a real explosion of top-class food options embracing the state's modern culinary culture as well as its age-old traditions. From tangy Western Kentucky barbecue at the Old Hickory in Owensboro to the farm-to-table, elevated eating at Lilly's Bistro in Louisville, there's almost too many incredible dining destinations to count.
But it doesn't stop there, because Kentucky is also home to many a fantastic local producer, too. Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Austin, Kentucky is known for its artisan cheeses, and with all the bourbon distilleries and breweries there's always somewhere new to explore or relax with a glass of the USA's best-loved bourbon whiskey or an ice-cold locally brewed beer.
Can't wait to explore Kentucky? Head to betterinthebluegrass.com for more info, including a selection of recipes from some of the state's top chefs, too