The second annual Bourbon & Beyond festival makes its much-anticipated return to Champions Park in Louisville, KY, Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 with the perfect blend of bourbon, food & music not found anywhere else in the world.
Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents, culinary curator Edward Lee (The Mind of A Chef) and bourbon curator Fred Minnick have put together another incredible bourbon, music, and culinary lineup for the weekend.
We want to entertain and educate, but this seminar is taking whiskey discussions to another level and is akin to the Beatles and Rolling Stones sharing the stage,” says Fred Minnick.
“This is a rare opportunity to witness a live bourbon event that will never be duplicated."Other bourbon and food-focused onsite seminars at the festival will include:● Family Affair: The Van Winkles—The Van Winkle family will have a few stories to tell, such as when nobody wanted their bourbon.● My Daddy Was A Moonshiner—Hear how Thomas Wade Daniels decided to break his family nighttime distilling practices and make legitimate whiskey.● The Audacity Of Sourced Whiskey—Panelists discuss one of the most controversial whiskey topics of the past decade.● We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Master Distiller—In an industry that covets its master distillers, the truth is, it’s a team effort.● Rarest Whiskey In The World—Hidden in local bars and liquor stores are the rarest bourbons in the world.
Adds Wimmer, “Our plan is to continue to involve more and more of the community, in both Louisville and greater Kentucky.
This state has so many treasures and my goal is to showcase them all. Lee, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jefferson's, Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Kentucky Owl, Knob Creek, Larceny, Maker's 46, Maker's Mark, Michter's, O. I., Old Forester, Pappy Van Winkle, Peerless, Rabbit Hole, Rebel Yell, Rock Hill Farms, Stagg Jr., Stone Hammer, Wild Turkey, Willett, W. Weller and Woodford Reserve, with more to be announced soon.
Bourbon & Beyond sponsors include: Angry Orchard, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Bourbon Women Association, Black Box Wines, Cooper & Thief, Fxck Cancer, GE Appliances, Glencairn, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Kelvin Cooperage, Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Kentucky Lottery, Kentucky Straight Ice, Lagunitas, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Louisville Water Company, Miller Coors, Mint Julep Experience, Stave & Thief Society, Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Southern Comfort, SWFTCharge, Take Me Home, Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Music Experience, and Uncle Nearest Whiskey, with more to be announced soon.
In its inaugural year in 2017, the festival attracted 50,000 people from all over the country, offering a series of onsite experiences, including bourbon and culinary workshops.
Louisville has a thriving food scene as recognized by Top Chef, which will be filming their upcoming 16th season in the city.
Bourbon & Beyond’s culinary celebration will highlight top talent including:● Tom Colicchio (Top Chef head judge; Crafted Hospitality founder)● Edward Lee (Executive Chef for 610 Magnolia, Milk Wood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY; Culinary Director for Succotash in National Harbor, MD and Washington, DC)● Stephanie Izard (Chef/Partner at Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Diner, and Duck Duck Goat in Chicago, IL; Iron Chef Gauntlet winner)● Aarón Sánchez (Chef/Owner at Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, LA; Master Chef judge)● Ray Garcia (Chef/Owner at Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria in Los Angeles, CA)● Damaris Phillips (Louisville, KY native, Food Network host, cookbook author)● Akhtar Nawab (Louisville, KY native, Chef/Owner at Alta Calidad in New York City, Fero in Birmingham, AL and Prather’s on the Alley in Washington, DC)● Alex Thomopoulos (Chef, blogger, Bravo.com’s Going Off The Menu)● Jose Salazar (Chef/Owner at Mita and Salazar in Cincinnati, OH; 2018 James Beard Foundation nominee)● Anthony Lamas (Chef/Owner at Seviche, a Latin Restaurant in Louisville, KY)● Annie Pettry (Chef/Owner at Decca in Louisville, KY)● Ryan Rogers (Owner of Feast BBQ, Royals Hot Chicken and bar Vetti in Louisville, KY)Look for more food experience details to be announced soon.“The underlying theme of Bourbon & Beyond is a celebration of craftsmanship.
I’ve asked our team to approach every aspect of this festival with the same handcrafted spirit that is used by all of the participating artisans.
Each and every one of these distilleries, master distillers, musicians, and chefs have spent years mastering their craft.
Legends including Sting and Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters as well as superstars John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows and David Byrne lead the music lineup of more than 30 artists.