VIP tickets on sale for virtual Bourbon Festival

The annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which is being served up this year with a virtual twist, put tickets on sale this week.

The 29th Kentucky Bourbon Festival set for Oct. 15-18 offers the finest in bourbon education, legendary spirited conversations and at-home cocktail quickies that attendees can find only through the online link to Bardstown, organizers say.

Participants can become a Bourbon VIP by signing up for the VIP Virtual Package at kybourbonfestival.com. Tickets cost $150 and include:

• Access to all education and entertainment sessions for four days.

• Three-piece 2020 collectible poster set, ready-to-be matted and framed.

• Official 2020 festival shirt and a selection of related merchandise.

• Four-piece limited edition glassware set.

• A limited edition “Bourbon Buddies” challenge coin.

• Three-day general admission to the 2021 Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown.

Plus, all VIP ticket holders automatically are entered for a chance to win one of at least 12 signed bottles of the bourbon featured on Virtual KBF episodes airing throughout the weekend. Depending on shipping laws, bottles may need to be picked up in person.

Also, one lucky VIP will also have the chance to be selected to travel with the KBF to Maker’s Mark in Loretto. During this visit the KBF will hand select the 30th anniversary KBF/Maker’s Mark ‘Private Select’ Barrel, enjoy lunch prepared by Maker’s Mark restaurant’s Executive Chef Newman Miller and receive one master distiller-signed bottle from the 30th anniversary select barrel.

Complete details and contest rules can be found at kybourbonfestival.com.

The drawing for these prizes will be held Oct. 18 to conclude the weekend of virtual fun.

“While the virtual event is less than ideal – and we would much rather be welcoming you to our ‘living room’ in Bardstown – we are extremely excited by the opportunity to bring our world-class programming to your ‘living rooms’ this year,” said Randy Prasse, president and COO of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. “The virtual format allows us to showcase the quality we intend to continue to offer in all of our live programs in years to come – from the top heritage and craft distilleries, their master distillers and brand ambassadors. We’ve packaged this up in a unique way to deliver a truly unique bourbon experience not available anywhere else but from the Bourbon Capital of the World.”

Prasse said organizers plan to unveil details about the festival’s 30th anniversary event in 2021 during this year’s event, which is presented by Koetter Construction.

Nearly 20 live and recorded ‘Spirits Education Sessions’ can be viewed online throughout the weekend. All will require free registration to attend by visiting kybourbonfestival.com and clicking on the Eventbrite link associated with the session.

Topics range from the five-part Art of Whiskey Making series to a new Bourbon Legends Series, in which some of the industry’s most famous families will share stories. The program includes Cocktail Quickies offering brief explanations and demonstrations of some bourbon-based favorites.

To stay up to date with event information, follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @kybourbonfest or go to kybourbonfestival.com.

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