The Kentucky Bourbon Festival started in 1992 as a local bourbon tasting and dinner among the many distilleries in and around Bardstown, Kentucky, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Since then the weeklong celebration of America’s Native Spirit has been attracting nearly 50,000 local, regional and international bourbon fans for almost 30 years.
In 2019 the Festival was led on an interim basis by Bardstown-Nelson County Tourism and Convention Commission Executive Director Mike Mangeot. Mangeot recently moved on when he accepted the position of Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. Now, the Festival has announced they’ve found new permanent leadership.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival will officially introduce Randy Prasse as its new President and COO. Prasse brings more than 25 years of high-end festival and event management, operations, and marketing experience to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
In addition to a new President the Festival has announced the appointment of David Mandell as the new Chairman of its Board of Directors. Mandell is well known in bourbon circles as the Co-Founder and former President and CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company.
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2020
The 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be held during Bourbon Heritage Month on September 16 through 20. Tickets for the 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be made available for purchase this summer.
What is Bourbon Heritage Month?