Kentucky Bourbon Festival

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Call (800) 638-4877 #5
or (502) 348-3623 #5
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for the following events:

Mixed Drink Challenge Entrants

Spirit 5K Run and Walk

Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast;
Please call (859) 336-5082 #1101 for advanced tickets.

Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery; please call (800) 272-0152 for reservations.

2015 KENTUCKY BOURBON FESTIVAL EVENTS
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Feature Event

Spalding Hall VIP LOFTThe Loft, Spalding Hall Penthouse

114 N Fifth Street
12 pm – 10 pm Wed., Sept. 16
Thur., Sept. 17
Fri., Sept. 18
Sat., Sept. 19
1pm – 5 pm Sun., Sept. 20


From Wednesday through Sunday, take a break from Kentucky Bourbon Festival activities. Relax in an exclusive retreat, near The Great Lawn. Sample premium Bourbons and enjoy classic Kentucky cuisine in the comfort of an air conditioned lounge. Access a private bar and restroom. Visit with Bourbon Dignitaries of all kinds. And, don’t forget your one of a kind swag bag! $400 per person. Must be 21. Limited availability. (800) 638-4877.
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The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making
Spalding Hall Lawn
114 N. Fifth St.
10 am - 4 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)
12 pm - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

Coopers from Independent Stave Company demonstrate the unique and historical craft of making special oak barrels for aging Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.

Barrel Making
 

Any Way She Likes It
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Depot
602 N. Third St.
1 pm - 3 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)

Peggy Noe Stevens, former Master Bourbon Taster, will describe the different aromas and flavors of Bourbon to pair with food. Guests will sample hors d’oeuvres that complement select Bourbons. Tips on crafting the perfect Bourbon bar for entertaining your guests will be given. $60 per person. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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ARCO SPEAKEASY
Kreso’s 218 N. Third
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

Enjoy the artisan distilleries from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™ for an evening of innovative cocktails set in the Gatsby era of the Roaring Twenties. Feel free to dress up in your cocktail attire with pearls and suspenders. Exclusive VIP Section $125 per person, General Admission $75 per person. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour
Bardstown Welcome CenterOne Court Square
11 am - 12 pm (Fri., Sept. 18 and Sat., Sept. 19)
1 pm - 2 pm (Fri., Sept. 18 and Sat., Sept. 19)
3 pm - 4 pm (Fri., Sept. 18 and Sat., Sept. 19)

Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour by local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. $25 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877

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Balloon Glow
Nelson County Fairgrounds
US 31E
7:30 pm - 9 pm (Tues., Sept. 15)

Come out to the fairgrounds and enjoy these hot-air beauties. Pilots will illuminate their envelopes, displaying an array of beautiful colors. Concessions on-site. Free admission.
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Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery
Kentucky Railway Museum
136 S. Main St.
New Haven, KY
2 pm (Sat., Sept. 19 and Sun., Sept. 20)

Take a 2-hour scenic ride through the countryside on a vintage steam locomotive. But watch out! Robbers are after its liquid gold cargo! All donations collected by the robbers will be donated to the Crusade for Children. $20 adults, $15 children 2-12 years old (under 2 is free). Reservations requested. (800) 272-0152

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Boots and Bourbon™
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr.
7 pm - 11 pm (Thur., Sept. 17)

Join the gang from Buffalo Trace for a boot-scootin’ good time. Dance along to live music, chow down on fantastic food, and be prepared to ride the Buffalo. $60 per person. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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BOURBON Clues - Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center
One Court Square
9 am - 5 pm (Tues., Sept 15 - Sat., Sept. 19)

Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free.

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Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz™- VIP Experience SOLD OUT
The Great Hall and Rotunda
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Ave.
7 pm - 12 am (Fri., Sept. 18)

Enjoy an evening of fine cigars and fine Bourbon. Little Bourbana will be the place to receive your cigars. Bourbon aficionados will savor an array of select Bourbons from Heaven Hill including Larceny and the Evan Williams and Elijah Craig families of Bourbon. Delicious food and jazz music will be the first order of the night with dancing under the stars to follow. Cocktail Attire. (Must be 21.) $100 per person. (800) 638-4877

For the first time, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival will offer the Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz VIP Experience. Beginning at 5:30 pm a limited number of guests will start the VIP Experience at the Bourbon Heritage Center where they’ll enjoy rare bottle tastings and direct interaction with Heaven Hill Master Distillers. VIP guests will then return to My Old Kentucky Home State Park to expedited entry and reserved seating at the main event. (Must be 21.) $200 per person. (800) 638-4877

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Bourbon Cocktail Mixology™- Friday SOLD OUT
General Nelson Inn
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
Carriage Room
2 pm - 4 pm (Wed., Sept. 16)
2 pm - 4 pm (Thur., Sept. 17)
6 pm - 8 pm (Fri., Sept. 18) (SOLD OUT)
6 pm - 8 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Created by the “Bad Girl of Bourbon,” Joy Perrine. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor. $60 per person. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown
N. Third St. and Flaget Ave.
(Tues., Sept. 15 - Sun., Sept. 20)

Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and Brands, along with several other Festival sponsors. Free
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center
One Court Square
(Tues., Sept. 15 - Sun., Sept. 20)

View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission.
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Culinary Art: Bourbon-Style Cooking School™
Great Hall
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Ave.
7 pm - 9:30 pm (Thur., Sept 17)

Chef John Varanese from Varanese Restaurant in Louisville, KY, will be our guest chef for the evening. Enjoy fine cuisine prepared with a wide array of Jim Beam Bourbons. $75 per person. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Evolution of Bourbon Through Bluegrass Music
Kreso’s 218 N. Third St.
5 pm - 7 pm(Tues., Sept. 15)

Performed by Bourbon Ambassador Bernie Lubbers and Bluegrass musician Hickory Vaught. Whiskey tasting/live Bluegrass show. You will see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the history of Bourbon,
literally drinking in the history of Kentucky’s fine spirit through its music! $60 per person. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Exploring the Flavors of Bourbon
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Depot
602 N. Third St., Bardstown
11 am - 1 pm (Thur., Sept. 17)

Join Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, Woodford Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel and Executive Chef of My Old Kentucky Dinner Train for a special Woodford Reserve Bourbon tasting and Kentucky Proud luncheon in the train’s historic depot. $60 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Family Fun Area
Behind City Hall
220 N. Fifth St.
4 pm - 10 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)
10 am - 10 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

10 am - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

A variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and more for family enjoyment. Fees vary.
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Fine Arts Bardstown Society
Special Fine Art Event
FABS Gallery on the Square
90 Court Square
6 pm - 9 pm (Thurs., Sept. 17)

Join the Fine Arts Bardstown Society for an evening of Artisan Bourbon surrounded by an eclectic offering of original fine art from Kentucky artists. $40 per person, includes one signature cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Must be 21. For ticket information, call (502) 348-0044 or visit the Gallery. Liquid Gold, Double Shot - Art Exhibit open: Monday; Wednesday through Saturday,10 am - 6 pm daily, Sun. 12 - 6 pm.

 
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Food Court
220 North Fifth St.
City Hall Parking Lot
4 pm - 10 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)
10 am - 10 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)
10 am - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

Great food vendors to satisfy any appetite. Free admission to the Lawn
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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
West side of Bardstown Welcome Center One Court Square
8 pm - 9:30 pm (Thur., Sept. 17, Fri., Sept 18, & Sat., Sept. 19)
10 pm - 11:30 pm (Fri., Sept. 18 & Sat., Sept. 19)

Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. $25 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877

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The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala™
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr.
6:30 pm - 1 am (Sat., Sept. 19)

The Tasting & Gala is the signature event of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. A Bourbon lover’s dream and a night you will never forget. Begin your evening by sampling the finest Kentucky Bourbons from eight distilleries and four brands, with a chance to meet Master Distillers and Ambassadors. Wild Turkey Distillery will provide the tasting bag to hold your complimentary glassware. Following the tasting, enjoy the official toast with 1792 Small Batch Bourbon. Begin your gourmet experience with a salad enhanced by Michter’s Bourbon. Continue to tantalize your taste buds with a gourmet Kentucky meal and a specialty dessert prepared with Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. Dancing during the evening. $175 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877. Dress – Formal-Black Tie is strongly encouraged. Valet parking available.

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Half Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor
Wickland – Home of Three Governors
550 Bloomfield Rd.
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Thurs., Sept. 17)

A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. No tale untold, no barrel left untapped. Local historian Dixie Hibbs and visiting experts will share their tales. Limited seating. Please call for reservations. $25 includes lunch and admission. (502) 507-0808

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Kentucky Artist & Crafters ,Kentucky Proud, Sponsor & Distillery Booths
Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns
114 N. Fifth St.
4 pm – 10 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)
10 am - 10 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)
10 am - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

Kentucky Distilleries along with festival sponsors display their interesting merchandise as well as their logoed items. Kentucky artists and crafters showcase their juried handmade items along with some great food products produced by Kentucky Proud vendors. Check out our Bourbon-related activity booth. Free admission to the Lawn.
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Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler™
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr.
7 pm - 9: 30 pm (Wed., Sept. 16)

Join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for a rare evening featuring all the KDA Master Distillers under one roof, as well as Kentucky’s newest craft distilleries and their innovative brands. Sample iconic Bourbons while enjoying genuine Kentucky cuisine and music. Don’t forget to bring your special bottles or Bourbon memorabilia for autographs and photographs. $75 per person. Must be 21. Reservations recommended. (800) 638-4877

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Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast
Knights of Columbus Hall *** NEW LOCATION
111 N. 4th St.

7:30 am - 12 pm (Saturday Only, Sept. 19)

St. Catharine College starts your morning off Old Pogue Bourbon style. Taste a selection of pancakes, Bourbon butter and syrup, Bourbon coffee (we think you get the idea) and more. $5 per person in advance, $6 at door. For advance reservations, call St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082 ext.1101.

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Golf Tournament
Bardstown Country Club at Maywood
130 Maywood Ave.
8 am - 1 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

Four-person scramble. Distillery and Open divisions. Lunch provided. Golf shirt anddoor prizes. $125 per person. Must be 21.Reservations required. Limited to first 144 players. (800) 638-4877.
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Horseshoe Pitch
Nelson County Fairgrounds
US 31 E
Open Pitch 10:00 am, (Sat., Sept. 19)

Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will conduct the pitch. $25 plus tax per person entry fee. T-shirts for all entrants. Online registration form. Reservations requested. This will be an adults-only event. Barrelhead and trophies will be awarded to winners. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Free admission. Participants must bring own horseshoes. (800) 638-4877. Download Registration Form >>

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Poker Run
Sign-in begins at 9:30 am (Sat.)
11 am - 3 pm ride
Heaven Hill Parking Area
1311 Gilkey Run Rd.

Enjoy a ride through the countryside while collecting your poker hand. Free t-shirt, lots of door prizes and cash prizes. Proof of insurance required at registration. $40 plus tax per person. Reservations recommended or sign up day of event (must be 21). Rain Cancels (800) 638-4877

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Kentucky Bourbon Shots™
Photos displayed at the Bardstown Welcome Center,
One Court Square

Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the Kentucky Bourbon theme through color, black and white, and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. Must be 21.

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Let's Talk Bourbon
Four Roses Distillery
1224 Bonds Mill Rd.
Lawrenceburg, KY
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)

A detailed seminar by Four Roses Master Distiller and/or Brand Ambassador, looking at the history and process of making Kentucky Bourbon. Tour the distillery and enjoy an outside Kentucky breakfast buffet. $30 per person. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Master Distiller's Auction
Spalding Hall - Chapel
114 N. Fifth St.
2 pm - 4 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

This prestigious auction, courtesy of Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, gives you the opportunity to bid on vintage items and unusual bottles of your favorite Kentucky Bourbon, some autographed by the Master Distillers. Proceeds benefit Spalding Hall. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

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Music on the Lawn
City Hall Lawn220 N. Fifth St.
5 pm - 12 am (Fri., Sept. 18 & Sat., Sept. 19)
1 pm - 4 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Featured on Saturday, Sept. 19, The Kentucky Headhunters, brought to you by sponsor Four Roses Distillery. Please see our website for entertainment lineup. Free admission to the Lawn.

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 N. Fifth St.
10 am - 5 pm (Tue., Sept. 15, Wed., Sept. 16, Thur., Sept. 17)
10 am - 6 pm (Fri., Sept. 18 & Sat., Sept. 19)
10 am - 4 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Sip & Savor in the Spirit of Old Kentucky™
General Nelson Inn
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
Carriage Room
1 pm - 3 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)
1 pm - 3 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

Join Chef David Domine for a Bourbon and food pairing experience. Learn the Bourbon characteristics and how/why they pair with each offering. $60 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

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Spirit 5K Run (United Way Tri-County Trifecta)
Nelson County Civic Center321 S. Third St.
8:30 am (Sat., Sept. 19)

This will be the first leg of the United Way Tri-County Trifecta. All levels invited. $25 per person. Pre-registration at www.tricountykyuw.com or on-site registration day of the event starting at 7:30. Call (502) 348-1891 for more information.
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Spirit Garden™
In front of City Hall
220 N. Fifth St.
5 pm - 12:00 am (Fri., Sept. 18)
12 pm - 1:00 am (Sat., Sept. 19)
1 pm - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

The Spirit Garden, presented by The Kentucky Bourbon Festival and managed by the Bardstown Rotary Club, is the place to purchase a cocktail to enjoy while you stroll the displays and enjoy the music on the Great Lawn. Kentucky Bourbons will be featured at this cash bar. Beer is also available. Entry with purchase of KBF 2015 lapel pin. (Must be 21 and show ID to enter.)
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Tour The Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr. (Location Pick-up)
8:00 am (Tues., Sept. 15, Wed., Sept., 16, Thur., Sept. 17 & Fri., Sept. 18)

Experience the art of Bourbon making with tours of Kentucky distilleries. Two trails to choose from: the Bardstown Trail covering Jim Beam, Barton’s, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark and the Bluegrass Trail with stops at Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Reservations required. Fees vary. For reservations or more info, call (270) 765-7297.
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Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show
City Hall
N. Fifth and Flaget Streets
4 pm - 10 pm (Fri., Sept. 18)
10 am - 10 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)
10 am - 5 pm (Sun., Sept. 20)

View a variety of vehicles on display from the area’s largest club. Free admission to the Lawn.
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World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay™
Beside the Recreation Department
300 W. Broadway
11 am - 2 pm (Sat., Sept. 19)

Watch adept, strong, experienced competitors roll 500-lb. Bourbon barrels in a race against both time and accuracy. Individual entries as well as team entries for both men and women. Barrel dancing during intermission at approximately 12 pm is provided by Buffalo Trace personnel. Event sponsored by Independent Stave Company. Free admission to the Lawn.

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KBF Lapel Pins can be purchased on our website, on the Lawn and at the Spirit Garden. Safe Ride Home available during the festival sponsored by Bulleit Distilling Company. Event photographs provided by Lakeview Photography and Ron Coons Photography.

No Dogs Allowed on the Lawn

 

Barton 1792 Distillery Blanton's Buffalo Trace Bulleit Distillery Four Roses Distillery, LLC Heaven Hill Distillery Jim Beam Maker's Mark Distillery Michter's Distillery Wild Turkey Distillery Woodford Reserve
Kentucky Bourbon Festival. All rights reserved. 1-800-638-4877. Photos courtesy of Ron Coons and Lakeview Photography
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