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America’s “favorite sweet onion” will be served at “America’s Greatest Race.”

The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) has announced that Vidalia onions are on the official menu for the 2021 Kentucky Derby and will be featured in several dishes served to patrons of the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.

Bob Stafford, Manager of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said they have been working on the partnership for several years.

“I don’t know of any product that’s been associated with the Kentucky Derby,” Stafford said. “We’re very proud to do so. I believe it will be good for the onion, good for the industry and good for our community.”

“After a year that has been challenging for all of us, we hope our first-ever partnership with the Kentucky Derby will serve as a tiny beacon of normal life by bringing together two of the country’s beloved ‘rites of spring,’” said VOC Chairman Aries Haygood. “We are honored to be part of the official menu of this year’s Derby.”

“We are thrilled to have the Vidalia Onion Committee as a sponsor for the 2021 Kentucky Derby,” said Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “And, of course, we can’t wait to taste our official menu dishes containing the unique flavor of America’s favorite sweet onion.”

Vidalia onions will be featured in several dishes on the official Derby menu including Chicken with Vidalia Onion and Mushroom Sauce and Vidalia Onion, Bourbon Sorghum Vinaigrette on a Black Eye Pea Salad.

“Like chefs and home cooks across the country, I know there is nothing else to compare to the sweet, mild flavor of Vidalia onions,” said Churchill Down’s Executive Chef David Danielson, the culinary artist behind the annual Kentucky Derby official menu. “We think this year’s Derby fans are going to love the items on the menu that feature Vidalia onions.”

The Kentucky Derby will be held on May 1st at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

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