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Kentucky State BBQ Festival 2018

september, 2018

07sep(sep 7)5:00 pm09(sep 9)6:00 pmFeaturedKentucky State BBQ Festival 2018Wilderness Trail Distillery

Event Details

Whether you spell it BBQ, Barbeque or Barbecue, it’s the taste of America. You like your Bourbon aged and smooth and your BBQ slow-cooked and savory, Wilderness Trail Distillery can fill the bill for both when it has its second Bourbon release and hosts the eighth annual Kentucky State BBQ Festival Sept. 7-9.

The Danville distillery’s first Bottled in Bond Bourbon release was a huge success and it is time for the second of the three releases this year. This release will be a wheated, Single Barrel, Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a wheated Small Batch, Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

This special event coincides with the return of the KY State BBQ Festival to our 44-acre campus. This weekend is all about enjoying the food created by seven celebrity pitmasters, shopping with a variety of vendors, and enjoying music by seven bands. Admission is $5 per person per day or you can purchase a 3-Day Fast Pass ticket for  $10.
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7 Celebrity Pitmasters – Award-winning pitmasters from around the country will be cooking their best BBQ all weekend.

Backyard BBQ Competition –This year’s event will be more competitive than ever. Bring your “A-game” and be ready to throw down in downtown!

7 Live Bands – Top bands from throughout the U.S. will be playing your favorite music. Our Saturday Night Blues Party features the best of the best.

Hey Classic Car Lovers – On Sept. 8, Somernites Cruise will have a class car display of about 20 cars as part of the BBQ Festival. They are selling $10 tickets for a chance to win either an orange 1971 Dodge Challenger or a blue and silver 1984 Chevrolet pickup. The display is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

VIP Events

Kentucky BBQ Festival - The Whiskey Ticket 2018, Distillers Panel#1 – Luau Pig & Bourbon – Includes whole hog buffet by Mike “The Legend” Mills, live entertainment, two drink tickets, three day fast pass to the festival, $10 food voucher and a limited edition bottle of Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Kentucky BBQ Festival Single Barrel Bourbon. $200 per person.

#2 – Master Distiller’s Panel – Includes 5 Bourbon Expert panelists each discussing a specific topic.
– Peggy Noe Stevens, Founder of Bourbon Women and author will play host.
– Shane Baker, Master Distiller Wilderness Trail Distillery. Topic: The difference between sweet mash and sour mash.
– Dave Scheurich, Boondocks American Whiskey and consultant. Topic: The history of alcohol and bourbon.
– Al Young, Four Roses Bourbon. Topic: The importance of yeast.
– Marianne Eave Barnes, Master Distiller Castle & Key Distillery. Topic: The family of spirits.
– Kevin Curtis – New Whiskey. Topic: The difference between a pot still and a column still.

This event includes sampling of different bourbons and nibbles from the Pitmasters. Three bottles of the Wilderness Trail Bourbon will be raffled off via a name drawing for this ticketed event. $100 per person.

#3 – Sunday Brunch + Bloody Marys + Bloody Mary Class – Sunday brunch buffet, Bloody Marys featuring Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Blue Heron Vodka, Bloody Mary Class on how to make the Ultimate Bloody with Bloody Expert, Leslie Roark Scott from Ubon’s Bloody Mary Mix and  a limited edition bottle of Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Kentucky BBQ Festival Single Barrel Bourbon. $100 per person.

Buy Tickets

Kentucky BBQ Festival - VIP Luau, The Whiskey Ticket, Sunday BrunchNon-Profit Event – The Kentucky State BBQ Festival is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by the generosity of donors and sponsors. The KY State BBQ Festival benefits Heart of Kentucky United Way.

Over $146,000 raised for charity so far, over 30,000 people fed each year, over 18,000 pounds of BBQ cooked – every year!

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers 
Email: Info@KyBbqFestival.com

Schedule

    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • september 7, 2018
    • 5:00pm Doors Open5:00pm - .Welcome to the 8th annual Kentucky BBQ Festival!

    • 5:00pm Opening Ceremony with Tim Mikeska, The First Family of Texas Barbecue 5:00pm - 5:30pmTim Mikeska is CEO of Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q Inc. and owns Mikeska Brands. Raised in Taylor Texas, and son of the dean of Texas Pitmasters, Rudy Mikeska, Tim learned to cook at an early age and grew up making sausage and catering Texas Bar-B-Q with his father.

    • 5:30pm VIP Special Event – Luau Pig+Bourbon5:30pm - 10:00pmIncludes Whole Hog buffet by Mike “The Legend” Mills @17ST BBQ, Live entertainment music all night, 2 drink tickets, 3-day Fast-Pass to the event, $10 Food voucher to the Pitmasters, 1 Bottle of Bourbon – a one-of-a-kind Single Barrel, Special Edition Bourbon from our hosts Wilderness trail Distillery. $200 per person.

    • 6:00pm Rachel Crowe - Music6:00pm - 7:30pmRachel Crowe and band.

    • 8:30pm Teedee Young - Music8:30pm - 10:00pmTee Dee Young, a blues legend in his own time. He has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down on that guitar”. While playing his own unique style of the Blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy will put you in the mood for dancing!

    • september 8, 2018
    • 9:00am Backyard BBQ Competition9:00am - .It’s time to roll out the smokers and grills in preparation for the Backyard BBQ Competition. This year’s event will be more competitive than ever so bring your “A game” along with the rack of ribs of your choice and be ready to throw down in downtown!

    • 10:00am Smokin' Butt Bike Ride10:00am - .The Smokin' Butt Bike Ride will leave travel around Danville starting at 10am.

    • 11:00am Doors Open11:00am - .Welcome to Day Two.

    • 11:00am Master Distiller's Panel - VIP Event11:00am - 1:30pmIncludes 5 Bourbon Expert panelists each discussing a specific topic such as Bourbon Women, History of Bourbon, the Importance of Yeast, Differences between Sweet mash and Sour mash, Differences between Pot Stills and Column Stills, The Family of Spirits (Full details below), sampling of different bourbons, three bottles of the Wilderness Trail Bourbon will be raffled off via a name drawing throughout the event and nibbles from the Pitmasters. $100 per person.

    • 12:00pm Mike Mills Whole Hog Presentation12:00pm - 12:30pmIn the world of barbecue, Mike Mills is a living legend. Inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010, his 17th Street Barbecue joints in Southern Illinois are a keystone pilgrimage for the barbecue faithful and Memphis Championship BBQ. His outposts in Las Vegas have established themselves as top destinations in a city of destination restaurants. As a competition barbecue cooker he led the most triumphant team in history and is a founding pitmaster of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, an annual New York City tradition that draws over 120,000 people to sample the country’s best barbecue over one weekend in June. Restaurants & Institutions magazine calls him “America’s most revered pit master.”

    • 1:30pm Brad Hardin - Music1:30pm - 2:30pmBorn and raised in a small town in Kentucky, Brad Hardin is demanding the attention of country music fans all over the country, and for good reason, with true country grit reminiscent of Waylon Jennings supplemented with hints of Keith Whitley, he’s brought all these ingredients to today with a Neo-Traditional style quickly becoming one of Kentucky’s fastest rising new country artists.

    • 3:30pm Hi-5 – Music3:30pm - 5:00pmAll of the members of Hi-5 are seasoned professionals with 40+ years of experience and have developed a high energy show that includes Rock, Country, Motown and Funk. Whether your event is a small reception, club or large festival your guests will leave saying, “That was a great band!”

    • 4:45pm Backyard BBQ Competition Awards4:45pm - 5:15pmWinners will be announced.

    • 6:00pm Paul Childers – Music 6:00pm - 7:30pmBlending pop, R&B, and soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of singer/songwriters and guitarists. Hailing from Nashville, he finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and pop vocal melodies.

    • 8:30pm Dillon Carmichael – Music 8:30pm - 10:00pmDillon Carmichael is a singer/songwriter signed to Riser House Entertainment in Nashville, TN. Originally from Burgin, Kentucky, he's true to his country roots and excited to share everything he's been working on with y'all.

    • september 9, 2018
    • 11:00am Doors Open11:00am - 11:00amDay three begins.

    • 11:00am Sunday Brunch + Bloody Marys + Bloody Mary Class11:00am - 1:00pmSunday brunch buffet, Bloody Marys featuring Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Blue Heron Vodka, Bloody Mary Class on how to make the Ultimate Bloody with Bloody Expert, Leslie Roark Scott from Ubon’s Bloody Mary Mix and a limited edition bottle of Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Kentucky BBQ Festival Single Barrel Bourbon. $100 per person.

    • 12:00pm Mike Mills Whole Hog Presentation12:00pm - 12:30pmIn the world of barbecue, Mike Mills is a living legend. Inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010, his 17th Street Barbecue joints in Southern Illinois are a keystone pilgrimage for the barbecue faithful and Memphis Championship BBQ. His outposts in Las Vegas have established themselves as top destinations in a city of destination restaurants. As a competition barbecue cooker he led the most triumphant team in history and is a founding pitmaster of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, an annual New York City tradition that draws over 120,000 people to sample the country’s best barbecue over one weekend in June. Restaurants & Institutions magazine calls him “America’s most revered pit master.”

    • 2:00pm Ben Lacy - Music2:00pm - 3:30pmBen has played locally in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky with many bands, ranging in styles from jazz/funk to dance to metal. Ben has performed with musician greats such as Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco and Phil Keaggy. He has shared the bill with Frank Gambale and Tommy Emmanuel. He has played with Sting's guitarist, Dominic Miller, in London, England

    • 4:45pm Hog Calling Contest4:45pm - 5:00pmYeah, get ready, this is for real.

    • 5:00pm Bean Eating Contest5:00pm - 5:30pmThink Blazing Saddles here.

    • 5:30pm Presentation to Pitmasters5:30pm - 5:45pmWinners announced.

    • 5:45pm Door Prize Drawings5:45pm - 6:00pmDoor prize winners will be selected.

    • 5:45pm Raffle Drawings5:45pm - 6:00pmThe event wraps up with raffle drawings. Good luck!

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