BARDSTOWN, Ky. — The 28th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival is gearing up for the occasion with four community events to peak any bourbon lover’s interest including stave and thief certified bourbon steward training, a magic bourbon dinner, a mixed drink challenge and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival barrel selection.
“The festival draws approximately 50,000 visitors from across the world to Bardstown, Kentucky each year,” says Kentucky Bourbon Festival Executive Director Jill Hawkins. “However, we feel as if the storied history of distilling America’s native spirit should be celebrated accordingly, and often, not just once a year! We’re excited for past festival patrons, as well as new friends within the industry, to experience these exciting upcoming events. ”
Event details are included below:
Stave & Thief Certified Bourbon Steward Training
WHAT: Facilitated by the Kentucky Bourbon Festival team, with curriculum developed by Moonshine University, event-goers will experience an in-depth educational session pertaining to the intricacies of bourbon. Those who attend will receive a Certified Bourbon Steward Handbook and the opportunity to earn a Stave & Thief Certified Bourbon Steward lapel pin. Light appetizers will be served. Ticket are $75 per person.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Magic Bourbon Dinner
WHAT: Magic Bourbon Dinner is America’s only speakeasy magic dinner show. The evening will host a night of spellbinding entertainment, fine food, a private Bourbon museum tour, and premium spirit tastings on behalf of Heaven Hill Bourbon. Registration is required. Tickets are $100 per person.
WHEN: Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bourbon Capital Mixed Drink Challenge
WHAT: A competition of mixology skills between distilleries, restaurants, and bars. The winner’s entry will be named the Official Cocktail of the 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the creation and judgment of entries, as well as sample entries and dine on hors d’oeuvres. Registration is required. Tickets are $40 per person to attend. Entry fees for bars, distilleries and restaurants are $50 per team.
WHEN: Thursday, June 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Barrel Selection
WHAT: An exclusive opportunity to select the 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Festival barrel. Attendees will be guided in their decision by partners from Barton 1792 Distillery. The experience is inclusive of transportation to Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, lunch, as well as six souvenir bottles* of the selected barrel. Registration is required. Tickets are $500 per person.
*Bottles of the selected barrel will be available for purchase during the 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Sept. 18-22).
WHEN: Friday, June 14 at 10:00 AM
All events will take place at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Headquarters located at 114 N. Fifth Street in Bardstown, coinciding with the celebration of National Bourbon Day, which falls on June 14, 2019. For further event details and to purchase tickets, please visit the official Kentucky Bourbon Festival website. The 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Festival will take place on September 18 through September 22.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival celebrates the history and art of distilling America’s native spirit. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival began in 1992 as a bourbon tasting and dinner and has grown tremendously over the past 27 years. Today, it is one of the Commonwealth’s leading festivals, and is not only a celebration of bourbon, but also the people and the community that have supported the industry for generations. For more information visit KYBourbonFestival.com.