Some people enjoy their bourbon neat while others enjoy it on the rocks. Starting in August 2019 bourbon fans can enjoy their bourbon on the banks, the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky. In today’s bourbon loving world there is certainly no shortage of bourbon centric events and festivals but Bourbon on the Banks Festival is starting a new tradition.
The Inaugural ‘Bourbon on the Banks Festival’
Bourbon on the Banks Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit entity. Revenue from ticket sales for the main event will fund Kentucky State University student scholarships. Attendees to the event will learn about bourbon from nationally recognized master distillers, bourbon educators, and authors and watch chef demonstrations while sampling their innovative creations (a foodies’ delight), all while strolling the banks of the scenic Kentucky river in historic downtown Frankfort.
In addition to all the great bourbon and cocktail samplings from regional and national distilleries, the festival will offer tastings from regional craft beer producers and world wineries; food pairing from award winning chefs; and live music and entertainment.
A free community event “Bourbon Street on Broadway” in downtown Frankfort will be held Friday, August 23rd on the Old Capital Lawn. This event will feature street performers, historians discussing African Americans’ contribution to Bourbon heritage, the Neat documentary, area high school musicians, live music and 15-20 regional food and beverage vendors.
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Highlighting the weekend of activities will be the main ticketed event, “Bourbon on the Banks”, to be held Saturday, August 24 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the River View Park and Ward Oates Amphitheatre. Included in each ticket are tastings from 60+ bourbon, spirits, wine & beer vendors, 20 food vendors and live music. The event will feature a bourbon competition that will recognize the best bourbons with the first annual “Governor’s Cup” and “People’s Choice” Awards.
The Bourbon on the Banks Festival will run August 22 – 24, 2019. Tickets range from free for many of the community events to $65 for the main event on Saturday evening. Tickets are now on sale.