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Call (800) 638-4877 #5
or (502) 348-3623 #5
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for the following events:

Mixed Drink Challenge Entrants

Spirit 5K Run and Walk

Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast;
Please call (859) 336-5082 #1101 for advanced tickets.

Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery; please call (800) 272-0152 for reservations.


Bardstown Sampler, April 25, 2015
Sample fine Kentucky Bourbons while enjoying delicious Kentucky cuisine, pick up souvenir Bourbon glasses
and bid on Bourbon-related items at the silent auction. Be one of the first to purchase your 2015 festival
pin. Help us celebrate the announcement of this year’s scholarship winners.

Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $60 per person

No on-line sales after 5:00 Friday April 24. To purchase tickets, please call 1-800-638-4877.






The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making
Spalding Hall Lawn
114 North Fifth St.
10am-4pm (Sat), 12pm-5pm (Sun)

Coopers from Independent Stave Company demonstrate the unique and historical craft of making special oak barrels for aging Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.

Barrel Making

Any Way She Likes It
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
1pm-3pm (Fri)

Peggy Noe Stevens, former Master Bourbon Taster, will describe the different aromas and flavors of Bourbon to pair with food. Guests will sample hors d’oeuvres that complement select Bourbons. Test your palate on the selection to see if you can identify which Bourbons are chosen. Tips on setting the perfect Bourbon bar for entertaining your guests will be given. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877

Any Way She Likes It

Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour
East side of Court Square
11am-12pm (
Fri, Sat), 1pm-2pm (Fri, Sat), 3pm-4pm (Fri, Sat)
Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour by local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877, #5

Backstreets Historical Tour
Balloon Glow
Nelson County Fairgrounds, US 31E
7:30pm-9pm (Tues)

Come out to the fairgrounds and enjoy these hot-air beauties. Pilots will illuminate their envelopes, displaying an array of colors. Concessions on-site. Free admission.
Balloon Glow

Barrels of Country Music Concert
Bluegrass Entertainment & Exposition Complex, Sutherland Ln.
8 pm (Fri)

Independent Stave Company presents a concert featuring Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler. General admission tickets are free and limited to two per individual. Tickets are required for entry. Ticket information will be available at

Craig Morgan
Kellie Pickler


Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery
Kentucky Railway Museum
136 South Main St., New Haven, KY
2pm (Sat & Sun)

Take a ride on a steam locomotive. Robbers are after its liquid gold cargo. Reservations requested. (800) 272-0152


Boots and Bourbon™
Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.
7pm-11pm (Thur)

Join the gang from Wild Turkey for a boot-scootin’ good time. Dance along to live music, chow down on fantastic food, and be prepared to ride the bull. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5


BOURBON Clues - Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am - 5 pm (Tues - Sat)

Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free.

Most Beautiful Small Town in America

Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz™
The Great Hall and Rotunda at My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Ave.
7pm-12am (Fri)

Enjoy an evening of fine cigars and fine Bourbon. Cigar and Bourbon aficionados will enjoy an array of select Bourbons from Heaven Hill Distilleries, including Larceny and the Evan Williams and Elijah Craig families of Bourbon. Delicious food and New Orleans music liven up the night in true Mardi Gras style. Dress is cocktail attire. Must be 21. (800) 638-4877, #5

Bourbon, Cigars & Jazz

Bourbon Cocktail Mixology™
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
2pm-4pm (Thursday
), 6pm-8pm (Friday), 6pm-8pm (Sat)
Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Created by the “Bad Girl of Bourbon,” Joy Perrine. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5

Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands, along with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free.
Window Displays
Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission.
Brushed Barrels

Culinary Art: Bourbon-Style Cooking School™
Great Hall, My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Ave.
7pm-9:30pm (Thur)

Enjoy fine cuisine prepared with a wide array of Jim Beam Bourbons. Chef John Varanese from Varanese Restaurant will be our guest chef for the evening. (You must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5


Evolution of Bourbon Through Bluegrass Music
Spalding Hall - The Chapel, 114 N. Fifth St.
4 - 6 pm (Tues.)

Performed by Bourbon Ambassador Bernie Lubbers and Bluegrass musician Hickory Vaught. Whiskey tasting/live Bluegrass show. You will see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the history of Bourbon, literally drinking in the history of Kentucky’s fine spirit through its music! Reservations required. (800) 638-4877


Exploring the Flavors of Bourbon
My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train Depot
602 N. Third St., Bardstown
11 am - 1 pm (Thur)

Join Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, Woodford Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel and Executive Chef of My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Gil Logan, for a special Woodford Reserve Bourbon tasting and Kentucky Proud lunch in the train’s historic depot. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5

Woodford Reserve
Family Fun Area
Behind City Hall, 220 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)

A variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and more for family enjoyment. Fees vary.
Family Fun Area
Food Booths
City Hall Parking Lot, 220 North Third St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)

An assortment of food vendors to satisfy your hunger. Free admission to the Lawn.
Food Booths

Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
The Old Stable, 116 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
8pm-9:30pm (Thur-Fri-Sat), 10pm-11:30pm (Fri-Sat)

Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877, #5

Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown

The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala™
Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.
6:30pm-1am (Sat)

The Tasting & Gala is the signature event of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. A Bourbon lover’s dream and a night you will never forget. Begin your evening by sampling the finest Kentucky Bourbons from eight distilleries and three brands, with a chance to meet Master Distillers and Ambassadors while gathering a collection of glassware in a Buffalo Trace tasting bag. Following the tasting, enjoy the official toast with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon. Begin your gourmet experience with a salad enhanced by Michter’s Bourbon. Continue to tantalize your taste buds with a gourmet Kentucky meal and a specialty dessert prepared with Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. Dancing during the evening. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5. Dress: formal black-tie is strongly encouraged. Valet parking available.

Gala Tasting

Half Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor
Wickland Home of Three Governors, 550 Bloomfield Road
12:00- 2:30pm (Thurs)

A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. No tale untold, no barrel left untapped. Local historian Dixie Hibbs and visiting experts will share their tales. Limited seating. Please call for reservations. (502) 507-0808.

Half Pint of Whiskey History
Hands-On Activities
Spalding Hall - Lawn, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)

Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for all ages. All activities revolve around the world of Bourbon, from poster puzzles to filling a bottle with the various ingredients in Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.
Hands On Activities
Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods, Distillery Booths
Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)

Kentucky distilleries display their interesting merchandise as well as their logoed items. Kentucky Crafters and Artisans showcase their juried handmade items for sale. Free admission to the Lawn.
On the Lawn

Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler™
Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.
7pm-9:30pm (Wed)

Join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for a rare evening featuring all the KDA Master Distillers under one roof, as well as Kentucky’s newest craft distilleries and their innovative brands. Sample iconic Bourbons while enjoying genuine Kentucky cuisine and music. Don’t forget to bring your special bottles or Bourbon memorabilia for autographs and photographs. Must be 21. Reservations recommended. (800) 638-4877, #5

All Star Sampler

Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast
Spalding Hall – Lower Floor, 114 North Fifth St.
7:30am-12pm (Sat), 8am-11am (Sun)

St. Catharine College starts your morning off Old Pogue Bourbon style. Taste a selection of pancakes, Bourbon butter and syrup, Bourbon coffee (we think you get the idea) and more. For advance reservations, call St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082, ext.1101.

Bourbon Breakfast
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 16th - 20th, 10am-6pm daily

Sept. 21st, 9 am - 6 pm Sun., Sept. 21
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing and purchase. Meet the Artists reception, Thur. 5 - 7 pm. Visit for more events and classes.
KBF Art Exhibit
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Golf Tournament
Bardstown Country Club at Maywood, 130 Maywood Ave.
8am-1pm (Sat)

Four-person scramble. Distillery and Open divisions. Lunch provided. Golf shirt and door prizes.Must be 21. Reservations required. Limited to first 144 players. (800) 638-4877, #5
Photo credit Fred Hagan

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Horseshoe Pitch
Nelson County Fairgrounds, US 31 E
Open Pitch 10 am (Sat)
Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will conduct the pitch. T-shirts for all entrants. Online registration form. Reservations requested. This will be an adults-only event. Barrelhead and trophies will be awarded to winners. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Free admission. Participants must bring own horseshoes. (800) 638-4877, #5.

Horseshoe Pitch

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Poker Run
Heaven Hill Parking Area, 1311 Gilkey Run Rd.
begins at 9:30 am (Sat)
11 am - 3 pm ride

Enjoy a ride through the countryside while collecting your poker hand. Free T-shirt, lots of door prizes and cash prizes. Proof of insurance required at registration. Reservations recommended or sign up day of event. Must be 21. Rain cancels. (800) 638-4877, #5

Lets Talk Bourbon

Master Distiller's Auction
Spalding Hall - Chapel, 114 North Fifth St.
2pm-4pm (Sat)

This prestigious auction, courtesy of Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, gives you the opportunity to bid on vintage items and unusual bottles of your favorite Kentucky Bourbon, some autographed by the Master Distillers. Proceeds benefit Spalding Hall. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

Master Distiller's Auction

Music on the Lawn
City Hall Lawn, 220 North Fifth St.
5 pm - 12 am (Fri & Sat), 1 pm – 4 pm (Sunday)

Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Featured on Saturday, Sept. 20, The Kentucky Headhunters, brought to you by sponsor Four Roses Distillery. Please see our website for entertainment lineup. Free admission to the Lawn.

MUSIC LINEUP - **Times are approximate

Friday September 19

5:00 – 6:00: Stringbox
6:15 - 7:15: Dig It
7:15 – 8:30: Sudden Impact
8:45 – 9:45: Paul Childers and the Black Tie Affair
10:00 - Closing: Jericho Woods

Saturday September 20

5:00 – 6:00: Andrew Scott Newton
6:15 – 7:15: Kirk Mays
7:30 – 8:30: Bluegrass 101
8:45 – 9:45: Rachel Timberlake
10:00 - Closing: The Kentucky Headhunters

Sunday September 21

1:00 - 2:00- Brooklyhn Woods
2:15 - 3:15-Jason Goble
3:30 - 5:00 –Brandy Neelly and the Branch Water Boys


Kentucky Head Hunters

Brandy Neelly and the Branch Water Boys

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)

An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

Sip & Savor in the Spirit of Old Kentucky™
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
1pm-3pm (Sat)

A Bourbon and food pairing experience. Learn the Bourbon characteristics and how/why they pair with each offering. Must be 21. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877, #5

Spirit 5K Run and Walk
Nelson County Civic Center, 321 South Third St.
8:30am (Sat)

United Way of Nelson County Spirit 5K. All levels invited. Call (502) 348-1891 for more information.
Spirit Garden™
In front of City Hall, 220 N. Fifth St.
5 pm - 12:30 am (Fri)
12 pm - 12:30 am (Sat)
1 - 5 pm (Sun)

The Spirit Garden, sponsored by Maker’s Mark and presented by the Bardstown Rotary Club, is a cash bar featuring participating Kentucky Bourbons. Beer is also available. Entry with purchase of KBF 2014 Lapel Pin. Must be 21 and show ID to enter.
Tour The Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
Location pickup 900 Nutter Dr., Guthrie Opportunity Center
8:30 am (Tues, Wed & Thur)

(subject to availability)
Experience the art of Bourbon making with tours of Kentucky distilleries. Two trails to choose from: the Bardstown Trail covering Jim Beam, Barton’s, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark; and the Bluegrass Trail with stops at Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Reservations required. Fees vary. For reservations or more info, call (270) 765-7297.
Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
U.S. Army Extreme Adventure
City Hall Lawn, 220 N. Fifth St.
6 - 10 pm (Fri)
10 am - 10 pm (Sat)
10 am - 5 pm (Sun)

Experience the excitement, adventure and opportunities that are currently available by joining the Army. Free admission to the Lawn.
US Army Extreme Adventure
Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show
City Hall, North Fifth and Flaget Streets
4pm-10pm (Fri)
10am-10pm (Sat)
10am-5pm (Sun)

View a variety of vehicles on display from the area’s largest club. Free admission to the Lawn.
Car Show

World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay™
Beside the Recreation Department, 300 W. Broadway
11 am - 2 pm (Sat)

Watch adept, strong, experienced competitors roll 500-lb. Bourbon barrels in a race against both time and accuracy. Individual entries as well as team entries for both men and women. Barrel dancing during intermission at approximately 12 pm is provided by Buffalo Trace personnel. Event sponsored by Independent Stave Company. Free admission to the Lawn.

Barrel Relay


KBF Lapel Pins can be purchased on our website, on the Lawn and at the Spirit Garden. Safe Ride Home available during the festival sponsored by Bulleit Distilling Company. Event photographs provided by Lakeview Photography and Ron Coons Photography.

No Dogs Allowed on the Lawn


Barton 1792 Distillery Blanton's Buffalo Trace Bulleit Distillery Four Roses Distillery, LLC Heaven Hill Distillery Jim Beam Maker's Mark Distillery Michter's Distillery Wild Turkey Distillery Woodford Reserve
Kentucky Bourbon Festival. All rights reserved. 1-800-638-4877. Photos courtesy of Ron Coons and Lakeview Photography
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