WHO WE ARE...Bardstown, Kentucky is the Bourbon Capital of the World® and the home of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival®, which draws people to our quaint little town for a week of celebrating the storied history and art of distilling America's native spirit. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival® began in 1992 as a Bourbon tasting and dinner, and has grown tremendously over the past 26 years. Today, it is one of the Commonwealth’s leading community festivals, and is not only a celebration of Bourbon, but also the people and the community that have supported the industry for generations.
Over 200 years ago, as pioneers began settling the wild lands of Kentucky, they found that this was Promised Land for distilling Bourbon. From the ideal climate for aging barrels, to the fertile earth for growing corn, to the immense amount of limestone that makes for the purest of water, it was the perfect storm. From there, the rest is history. Today, Bardstown and Nelson County are home to many distilleries, both large and small.
"A deep love and appreciation for Bourbon is in our blood, and we are honored to share that love with everyone at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival®," says KBF Chairwoman, Melissa Horton.
Between our events, educational opportunities, arts and crafts, music on the lawn and much more, we truly have something for everyone.
"We hope that you will join us, and we look forward to providing you with our true Kentucky hospitality and sharing with you our Bourbon Heritage," says KBF Executive Director, Jill Hawkins.
We can't wait to see you in Bardstown, KY for the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Festival®, September 12-16.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Desginated the "Official State Bourbon Festival" by the Kentucky General Assembly.