When it comes to food and the Kentucky Derby, they’re not horsing around. (Pun intended!)
The Spectators Like to Eat…
Every year, the concession stands at the Kentucky Derby sell over 5.5 tons of food. That breaks down to 142,000 hot dogs, 18,000 barbecue sandwiches, 32,400 jumbo shrimp, 13,800 pounds of beef and 300,000 strawberries for traditional strawberries and cream.
…and They Like to Drink Mint Juleps
The official beverage of the Kentucky Derby is a mint julep. The iconic drink is made over 120,000 times on Derby day! For that many drinks, you need 1,000 pounds of fresh mint, 60,000 pounds of ice and 10,000 bottles of bourbon whiskey.
You Can Buy a $1,000 Mint Julep
The Kentucky Derby sells a special mint julep—if you have $1,000 to spare. The ingredients are all sourced from Kentucky, including Kentucky sorghum simple syrup and Woodford Reserve bourbon. The drink is garnished with mint, three roses and a single petal from the Garland of Roses, and served in a beautiful sterling silver “Bluegrass Cup.”
For $2,500, you can purchase the “Commonwealth Cup,” plated in 18K gold. The proceeds go to a different charity each year.