Kentucky Bourbon Festival

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Lawn of the festival

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a weeklong activity consisting of more than thirty events in Bardstown, Kentucky, United States, dedicated to celebrating the history and art of distilling bourbon whiskey. The organizers of the festival promote the strong association between bourbon and the city of Bardstown, and have trademarked the phrase "Bourbon Capital of the World" to apply specifically to Bardstown.[1][2] Bardstown has been the site of bourbon distilleries since 1776.[citation needed]

The event started in 1992 as a dinner and bourbon tasting for 250 people. The event now draws more than 50,000 visitors each year from more than a dozen countries, and includes events that may appeal to adults and children alike.[3]

Besides concerts by such famous names as the Kentucky Headhunters, several local distilleries have commemorative displays on the lawn, as well as food and craft vendors. The event is home to the world championship bourbon barrel relay, a barrel rolling race between many of the Kentucky distilleries. On the property of Spalding Hall, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey is often visited during the festival.

The Bourbon Festival features tastings of various types of bourbon and other whiskeys.

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Coordinates: 37°48′40″N 85°28′15″W / 37.8110°N 85.4707°W / 37.8110; -85.4707