NuLu Summer Fest 2023
Join us on East Market Street for some fun in the sun during the inaugural NuLu Summer Fest taking place on Saturday, July 22!
NuLu Summer Fest Stage Schedule!
Watermelon eating competition - 1:00-1:30
Featuring live music, cocktails, food, and family-friendly summer activities. From sprinklers and sidewalk chalk to a watermelon eating contest, there will be something for everyone! Plus, don’t miss the barbeque smoking demonstration from Pig Beach BBQ.
SAVE THE DATE!
PLEASE NOTE: WE LOVE YOUR FURRY FRIENDS, BUT PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT HOME.
Preceding Summer Fest is Clash of the Cocktails, NuLu's Cocktail Competition, on Tuesday, July 11 at Lou Lou on Market!
To kick off this year's NuLu Summer Fest, we are hosting a Clash of the Cocktails Competition, presented by REAL Infused Exotics featuring Teremana Tequila, on Tuesday, July 11 at Lou Lou on Market!
Bartenders from NuLu bars and restaurants will demonstrate their cocktails to our panel of judges while guests sample the competitor's entries alongside appetizers and live entertainment from the Small Batch Brass band. The winning bartender will receive a $500 cash prize.
Congrats to Jordan Cahill with Corridor Bar on winning first place in the Judge's Choice category. Don't forget to vote for your favorite cocktail via the link below!
The public will have the opportunity to select the best cocktail during The People’s Choice Competition, which will take place July 12-20 at the competitors’ bars and restaurants for seven days.
Voting will take place online through The Scout Guide Louisville and the winning cocktail will be announced during NuLu Summer Fest on July 22. The People's Choice winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
Thanks to our 2023 Clash of the Cocktails Judges!
Larry Rice is a renowned restaurateur and entrepreneur from Louisville, Kentucky, known for founding two of the city's most iconic bars - The Silver Dollar and The Pearl of Germantown. Born and raised in Louisville, Rice grew up with a love for good food and a passion for hospitality. Rice worked in the restaurant industry for several years before becoming an independent restaurateur. In 2011, he opened his first establishment, The Silver Dollar, a Southern-inspired restaurant and bar specializing in bourbon whiskey. The restaurant soon became a hit, attracting locals and visitors alike with its delicious food, vintage decor, and extensive bourbon selection.
Jared Schubert is a Legend, icon, role model, celebrity, these are just a few words that are never used when describing Jared Schubert. A long-time staple in the Louisville beverage industry, Jared’s had the pleasure of co-founding Camp Runamok as well as working on operations for, The Bourbon Classic, POPfest Kansas City, The Bourbon Affair and Tales of the Cocktail. He’s been in such publications as Imbibe, Punch and GQ. You can find him running Commonwealth Tap a retail and by the drink bar in Norton Commons.
Eric King is the anchor of Good Morning Kentuckiana on WHAS11. He’s a Murrow and Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of on-air experience stretching across the country. Eric was born and raised in the heart of Bourbon Country, (Bardstown) and educated at the University of Louisville.Eric is an avid traveler working his way through all seven continents and all four tennis majors.
Katie Meinhart is the owner of Six Sisters Boutique and President of the Nulu Business Association. Katie has been a part of the NuLu community for the past 6 years. As a University of Louisville alumni and born Louisvillian, Katie has a passion for all things local. She is a mother of two young kiddos and loves to shop small, eat local and travel with her husband and family.
Bri Hlava is a highly accomplished beverage specialist, an active bartender locally and abroad, Owner/Operator of POCO Pop Ups, President of the Kentucky Chapter of The United States Bartenders Guild and a member of The LEE Initiative, a local nonprofit working towards equity for women in the hospitality industry. From food and beverage program ideation, development, and management to a body of industry conference and brand activations, Bri has developed one of the most respected palates in the region and is well known for her community involvement and mentorship.