Kentucky Bourbon Festival Announces 2021 Event Dates

With unique and updated offerings, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival announced the 30th annual festival will take place Sept. 16-19, 2021. Held in the Bourbon Capital of the World, the festival draws bourbon lovers to Bardstown, Kentucky, each year to celebrate the storied history of distilling America’s native spirit during National Bourbon Heritage Month. The 2021 festival will feature expanded opportunities for bourbon enthusiasts to engage with the most sought-after brands and engaging educational experiences. For more information, visit

“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,” said David Mandell, chairman of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. “We could not be more excited to unveil our new format to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the festival.”

Highlights of September’s 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 to enjoy. 

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

Tickets for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be available in summer 2021 — but gift cards are available now for holiday gift-giving through the festival’s website.
The non-profit Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s Board of Directors also appointed its 2021 Executive Committee:

  • Chair David Mandell, co-founder, Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Vice Chair Melissa Horton, corporate events manager, Heaven Hill Brands
  • Treasurer Donald Blincoe, president, Buzick Construction
  • Secretary Rachel Miller, owner, The Harrison-Smith House
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