NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Right now, Derby Fever is taking over both sides of the river.
Shoppers are hitting the stores and those foodie favorites are taking over menus.
And spots around southern Indiana have everything you need for the most exciting two minutes in sports.
Just outside Derby City, there's no shortage of people racing to find the perfect plan for the Kentucky Derby.
"Derby or Oaks, it's got the pink," said Ali Guess, owner of Colokial, a popular boutique in New Albany. She sifts through the many Derby dresses and fascinators the boutique has for Derby shoppers. People started coming in seeking Derby looks in March, Guess said, some wanting a classic look while others opt for an outfit that will stand out in the stands.
"Some people want the traditional, the Derby, the A-line," Guess said. "But some people want to step out and look a little bit different to make you go, 'Oh, what are they wearing?'"
Jumpsuits or bright pants are a stand-out. Tassel jewelry and block heels the thing for whatever outfit you choose.
"This would be super cute for the infield, you could even wear sneakers or something with it, it'd be super cute,” Guess said.
Shops like Colokial can help give you that perfect Derby look all in southern Indiana, with one big advantage over the big stores.
"They're going to have huge runs of the same dress and then at all the ones online, there's just so many. Whereas here, there might be four to six of that dress," she said.
"We're going to hit that with our nice Maker's Mark bourbon, cause you're in Bourbon city,” said Chef Richard Britney, a frequent guest chef at MESA Contemporary Kitchen in New Albany.
Across the street from Colokial, MESA's guest chefs are ready for race day in the kitchen.
"On Derby we're doing a wonderful wagyu meatball, then we're doing Ossobuco with a jalapeno mash," Britney said. He said he’s ready to fire up the stove for Derby Day guests who will eat his cooking at MESA on May 5.
"We're going to ignite that up, there we go," Britney said, pouring bourbon on the pan to give the vegetables a brown sugar and bourbon glaze.
"I like to take whatever is popular here and make it my own," said Scott Dickenson, also a frequent guest chef at MESA and head chef at Gospel Bird restaurant. Dickenson loves to whip up his own take on those race-day favorites.
"It's like a Derby pie but with a brownie, pecans and whipped cream," Dickenson said, mixing up a batch of brownies for his Derby desserts. He will be cooking a Derby meal at Gospel Bird on the big day.
It's a fun way to celebrate the biggest race of the year with some southern Indiana flair, he said.
"Lots of cute stores, lots of good food,” Guess added.
"Definitely put in your reservations because we'll be really busy," Dickenson said.
"You have passion, you're going to have great food,” Britney said.
+ Visit Colokial Boutique at 219 Pearl St., in New Albany, IN or follow their Facebook page
+ Stay up to date on upcoming MESA Collaborative Kitchen events on their Facebook page
Derby Events at MESA
+ MESA is hosting several festive events this Derby season. MESA continues the celebration May 4 and 5.
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