Celebrating Duncan Hines Days in Western Kentucky: A Week-Long Tribute to an Iconic Food Figure [SCHEDULE]
Duncan Hines is a household name and has been on a box for many decades helping at-home bakers create amazing treats from the comfort of their kitchens. Did you know, that Duncan Hines called Bowling Green, Kentucky home?
The Legacy of Duncan Hines
Sure, his name is on the box of many homemade sweet treats but did you know this man's story goes far beyond cake and brownie mixes? Duncan Hines was a bit of a pioneer of his trade, one of the first traveling food critics that created food ratings for restaurants.
Hines got his start, not in the culinary industry, but in a traveling salesman role based out of Chicago, Illinois. During his time on the road as a traveling printer salesman, Hines found many splendid eateries along his routes. In 1935, chain restaurants were few and far between, unlike life as we know it now. The American highway system didn't exist either. In this case, many travelers, including Duncan Hines relied on small and locally owned dives to grab a hearty meal. Hines, and his wife, Florence set forth to create a list for their friends of restaurants they recommended to pull over for, all over the country.
Duncan Hines had several books published, including Adventures of Good Eating and The Duncan Hines Dessert Book. Duncan Hines attended class at Bowling Green Business University which would later merge into Western Kentucky University.
Hines is buried in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green.
Duncan Hines Days 2023
This is the first year for this event, it is being held over a week from June 5th to the 11th. There will be many activities going on during this time. Take a look at some of these fun upcoming events in Vette City!
The Duncan Hines Scenic Byway runs through southern Kentucky, and his former home office on Louisville Road in Bowling Green is the current home of Hardy & Sons Funeral Home. The “Recommended by Duncan Hines” exhibit lives at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus.
We’ve got activities and fun for all during Duncan Hines Days, celebrating the area’s diversity and culture driven by our history and stories. Please pull up a chair and have a seat at our community dinner table. Buckle up for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Or sit back and enjoy the entertainment with a few surprises. -https://duncanhinesdays.com
Restaurant Week June 5th-11th
To kick off the celebration week is a week of local restaurant and food truck appreciation. Bowling Green is home to many unique, upscale, and ethnically diverse restaurants and mobile food trucks. Visit this link here to take a look at all the places in and around "BG" that are participating!
Community Ice Cream Social Thursday, June 8th, 6 pm
Did you know that ice cream socials have been around for hundreds of years? Originating in 1744 when Maryland Governor, Thomas Bladen served ice cream after a dinner party!
A good old-fashioned ice cream social is scheduled to take place on June 8th at the SoKY Marketplace in downtown Bowling Green. This event is free and is part of the kick-off events leading up to the activities of Duncan Hines weekend celebrations. This event is presented by the Houchins Food Group, and the first 1,000 people will be eligible for free ice cream.
Also happening on this day:
- 4 pm a classic car cruise-in on Fountain Square
- 5 pm Uncle Duncans Walk and Wheels Parade
- 6 pm Mini Dolly Pageant hosted by Natasha Neely as Dolly Parton, live music following.
- 6:30 kick-off of the BG Hot Rods Game at the Bowling Green Ballpark, located directly across from the SoKY marketplace downtown.
Duncan Hines Duck Paddle & Regatta Saturday, June 10th at 8am
Hosting this event are Med Center Health, Duncan Hines Days, and the City of Bowling Green. This event requires registration for hopeful participants and is BYOB (bring your own boat) To rent a kayak for this event is $10.
Starting at the downtown boat ramp and ending at Boatlanding Park, and a celebratory block party at the end of the race! Prizes will be presented to the fastest rowers in men's, women's, and adaptive categories.
Shuttle service will be provided and included in the cost of the event registration for participants.
Eats & Beats Music Fest Saturday, June 10th, 4 pm
Taking place at Circus Square Park from 4 pm to 10 pm is the inaugural Eats and Beats Music Fest. This is a free event, taking place on Saturday during Duncan Hines Days' week-long celebration. There are some great acts lined up to perform such as The Kentucky Headhunters who have hits such as, Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine and Dumas Walker.
Food trucks will be on-site during this family-friendly event, make sure to take full advantage of the local Bowling Green Food truck scene as there are many amazing options. This event is set to be one of the biggest ever located at Circus Square!
Come check out all that Bowling Green has to offer as one of the quickest-growing cities in the state of Kentucky! Local tourism is at the heart of this city and there are many unique things to enjoy with the family while you are here!
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