Bourbon Fest planning for 30th anniversary

Among the updates planned by the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for the event's 30th anniversary this year is a new logo depicted as a bourbon barrel lid. Submitted

With updated offerings, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival announced the 30th annual festival will take place Sept. 16-19.

Organizer say the 2021 festival will feature expanded opportunities for bourbon enthusiasts to engage with the most sought-after brands and engaging educational experiences.

Held in Bardstown, which is known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, the festival draws thousands of bourbon lovers each year to celebrate the history of distilling America’s native spirit during National Bourbon Heritage Month. Activities were suspended last year because of COVID concerns but virtual events were presented.

“Over the past year, we’ve completely revamped the Kentucky Bourbon Festival to provide expanded opportunities to interact with the nation’s top bourbon brands,” David Mandell, chairman of the festival’s board, said in a news release. “We could not be more excited to unveil our new format to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the festival.”

Highlights of the festival include an expanded tasting experience with heritage and craft brands, a vintage and rare bourbon auction and the annual World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay Race bourbon barrel rolling competition.

Exclusive conversations with industry all-stars and unique culinary and cocktail classes will provide interactive sessions for attendees.

“We’re excited to deliver an improved and truly authentic, world-class celebration of America’s native spirit,” said Randy Prasse, president and chief operating officer of the festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming bourbon lovers back to Bardstown, a small town as historic as bourbon itself.”

Festival tickets will be available this summer. For information, go to

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