Kentucky Bourbon Festival to be virtual due to COVID-19

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Bourbon fans will be doing virtual toasts at this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival. The festival’s board has shifted the event to a virtual experience because of the coronavirus. This was done to help protect the safety of distilleries and the health of bourbon fans and the Bardstown community, where the annual event is held, festival organizers said.

“At this time, we know it’s the right decision to move to a new type of bourbon celebration by going virtual,” said festival Board of Directors Chairman David Mandell. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Bardstown for our 30th Anniversary next year.”

This year’s event is set for Oct. 15-18.

Bourbon fans will be able to go online to view nearly 20 live and recorded “Spirits Education Sessions,” festival organizers said. All will require free registration to attend.

Virtual sessions will include a series featuring master distillers t