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Kentucky's state park system has established its Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative which will feature nine regional signature meals at nine state parks.

“The Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative is a fun and interactive way to highlight the state’s signature dishes and encourage locals and visitors alike to explore every corner of our great state,” Kentucky Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum said in a state news release. “We are excited to watch the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative grow to feature additional chefs and restaurants across the state.”

By picking up a special Culinary Passport at any state park, guests can get stamps after trying the featured meals at all nine parks along the culinary trail to receive a gift. Meals will be served May 14 through Oct. 31 and local producers will be utilized for portions of each regional meal, according to the news release.

State parks featured:

• Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

• Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

• Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

• Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

• Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

• Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

• Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Carlisle

• Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

• Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville