2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival moves to new virtual experience

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

The 29th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be a virtual experience this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival board made the announcement on Friday.

“Over the course of the last couple of months, we have been working diligently on the best plan to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, distillery partners, volunteers, and staff,” KBF Board of Directors Chairman David Mandell said. “At this time, we know it’s the right decision to move to a new type of bourbon celebration by going virtual. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Bardstown for our 30th Anniversary next year.”

Nearly 20 live and recorded ‘Spirits Education Sessions’ can be viewed online throughout the weekend. All will require free registration to attend.

Viewers will enjoy virtual sessions that include:

The Art of Whiskey Making (a four-part series featuring multiple master distillers teaching the particulars of bourbon making);

Bottled-in-Bond Happy Hour, where participants will toast this landmark law, its great whiskeys and cocktails made with them;

Cocktail Quickies (between-session breaks in which mixologists give rapid-fire lessons on cocktails you can make at home);

Bourbon Legends Series, in which some of the industry’s most famous families will share hilarious and heartwarming stories.

A full list of more than 20 Virtual Spirits Education programs and the presenters will be available in mid-August, at the newly launched Kentucky Bourbon Festival website. Click here for more information.