Danny Wimmer Presents, the largest independent festival producer in the U.S. has just announced its entry in the brown spirits world with the first ever Bourbon & Beyond festival. This new first of its kind bourbon-inspired festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The festival promises musicians, chefs, food and beverage experiences like no other event. Together with best-selling author and acclaimed bourbon authority, Fred Minnick, and nationally-celebrated Louisville chef, Edward Lee, the festival blends the best elements of a bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into one all-encompassing celebration in honor of the soul and spirit of Kentucky. The two day event will feature bourbons, master distillers, national and local chefs, bartenders, musicians, and other artisans.
The festival will showcase over 50 of the Kentucky bourbons curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee, and Chris Cosentino. Festival goers will get the chance to dive deep into the Kentucky bourbon experience through several facets like:
- The Big Bourbon Bar: A 20,000-square-foot bar featuring delicious bourbon cocktails presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
- The Hunter’s Club: A bourbon hound’s dream come true with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons.
- The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage: A behind-the-scenes look at how coopers craft the oak barrels used to age bourbon.
- The Distillery: An interactive experience to discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.
- Bourbon Workshops: Access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.
In addition to the many bourbon experiences, the festival will partner with local chefs and over 20 Louisville restaurants to deliver one-of-a-kind delectable creations. The first round of participating restaurants include: Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, Boss Hog’s BBQ, Doc Crow’s, Gospel Bird, Seviche, The Manhattan Exchange, Whiskey Dry and more to be announced.
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World-Class Musical Performance
Musical performances will include two main music stages from the following lineup of artists:
Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, bluegrass favorites curated by The Bluegrass Situation, and more.
Ticket prices range from general admission starting at $69.50 for a single day ticket, to $119.50 for a two day ticket all the way up to $1,650 for a hotel and admission package combination. You can learn more at the Bourbon & Beyond website here.
2017 Bourbon and Beyond Event Poster
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