Out-of-towners impressed with Bourbon & Beyond, Louisville

By SARA RIVEST | WAVE 3 News

It’s the second part of the “Tri Festa.”

Friday brought day one of the Bourbon and Beyond Festival at the Kentucky Expo Center.

After rain shut it down last year, the festival is back but in a brand new location. And with a far better forecast this time around, WAVE 3 News was out and about talking to some of the visitors Friday.

Bourbon and Beyond
Friday brought day one of the Bourbon and Beyond Festival at the Kentucky Expo Center.

In its third year, the popular event is all about the music, the bourbon, and showing concertgoers what Louisville has to offer.

From the Angel’s Envy speakeasy to the Silver Dollar dive bar, local bourbon and whiskey specialists were set up throughout the festival grounds.

“I will say the people here are super nice,” said Chris Filandro, visiting from Delaware. “I’ve been really impressed.”

Added Francine Stone, also from Delaware: “I’m here for the Foo Fighters primarily, but the rest of the lineup just looked awesome, so it just looked like it was worth the trip.”

Andrea Dozier and Randy Tipton have been visiting from Ohio all three years. Last year’s struggle of heavy rain and mud wasn’t far from their minds.

“Everything was soaked,” Dozier said, adding that they had no concerns coming back this year. “He works all year. This is our one big extravagance.”

In addition to the music and the bourbon, locally-inspired art and even dance classes were among the other attractions. And maybe most important for those who need to drink something besides a little too much bourbon, Louisville Water is offering free refills for those who bring their own bottles.

Marketing Director Lindsey Medina said early on the first day there were no problems at the new location at the Fair & Expo Center.

“So far so good,” she said. “I don’t think we got the full experience last year and that bums me out.”

Organizers have been working on this weekend for an entire year.

“There’s some special energy here that you can’t get anywhere else,” Medina said.

Ninety-thousand people are expected over the three-day festival.

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