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Kentucky Bourbon Festival delivers yet again
By Rob Allanson
The world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Festival took over Bardstown again this year with more events than before.
Spirits enthusiasts, master distillers, and brand ambassadors from across the state descended on the Bourbon capital to enjoy incredible Southern culinary creations, live music and entertainment, and of course, the very best in Bourbon.
“The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is proud to have produced some really exceptional events over the years,” said Jill Hawkins, executive director. She added that this year’s festival brought in a “a healthy dose of innovation” to create a festival that continued “to celebrate the storied history of Bourbon, and one that fuels an ongoing dialogue about the industry’s horizon.”
Chock-full of collaboration and Bourbon ingenuity, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival introduced three new events this year: a whiskey and its grains, the science of maturation, and punches & parties.
Amongst the new, the festival goers were also treated to some old favourites including:
Boots & Bourbon, where the gang from Buffalo Trace put on an evening of live music, dancing, and amazing food, and buffalo riding.
Bourbon, Cigars & Jazz, where folk dressed up to the nines in cocktail attire and danced the night away to the sounds of live jazz, while enjoying hand-selected cigar pairings, and the smoothest Bourbons from Heaven Hill, Larceny, Evan Williams, and Elijah Craig.
The much anticipated World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay, sponsored by Independent Stave Company. This annual race pits distillery teams against time and each other, where speed and accuracy are all important and competitors handle casks weighting more than 500lbs.
The Bourbon Festival started in 1992 as a simple Bourbon-tasting dinner. During the years, the festival has grown into one of the leading community festivals and has been nationally recognised for celebrating the history and stories of one of Kentucky’s most renowned industries.