Two weeks ago was the start of the Kentucky Derby Festival, one of our favorite times of the year. There are races, shows, and great food. We started off with Thunder over Louisville. This year’s Thunder was amazing. We liked the music that was playing during the fireworks and the amazing colors and shapes the fireworks made. We always love the waterfall fireworks that go off of the bridge. We also went to the Balloon Glimmer at the waterfront. The balloons were very colorful and there were lots of them. We liked seeing the balloons inflate off of the ground for the first time. Also, funnel cake is amazing. Next we went to the Louisville Youth Orchestra concert. We liked the Star Wars music because it was fast-paced, especially the Cantina Band song. We also liked that each section got to play together, like the flutes, brass, and strings. The same day we went to see the Louisville Youth Choir. We loved the singing and there were all kinds of different songs. We also liked the Trash and Refashion Show because the outfits looked like actual clothes. Next we went to the Actor’s Theatre New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. Our favorite play was A Starfish’s World because it was hilarious. The point of the play was that everything is important because the starfish were just as involved for flipping over as the people defusing the bomb. Derby Eve we went to the Unstable Clown Party. We liked doing the scavenger hunt and it’s a party, so what’s not to love. We also liked walking down to the Barnstable Brown Derby party and listening to the music and seeing the famous people pull up.
Today was the Kentucky Derby – and that means races and Derby parties! We got ready for our party by decorating Derby silk cookies. Those are cookies in the shape of Derby silks and decorated like the actual silks worn by the jockeys in the Derby. For actually watching the Derby, we had mock juleps, Derby sandwiches, and the Derby silk cookies. We had strawberry and cream cheese, banana and peanut butter, Benedictine, and olive tapenade sandwiches. The mock julep and tapenade recipes are below. American Pharaoh won the Derby after a close race with Firing Line and Dortmund.
By Moose and Turtle
- Apricot juice (you could also use apple or pear juice)
- Club Soda
- 2 Mint Leaves per serving
- Place 2 mint leaves in each serving glass
- Crush the mint leaves with the back of a spoon (this is called muddling)
- Add 3 parts juice for 1 part club soda
- Add an ice cube if you like
Olive Tapenade Derby Sandwiches
- Sliced tomato
- Mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 2 cans pitted black olives (you can also use Kalamata olives)
- ½ medium jar of green olives (remove the pimentos)
- 2 tsp. minces garlic
- 2 TB capers
- Lemon juice
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- In a food process, add all of the olives, garlic, and capers. Blend until well-chopped.
- Add lemon juice to taste while blending, about 2-3 TB
- Still blending, add the olive oil in a thin stream until you have a thick paste.
- Spread on bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and a slice of mozzarella cheese