Billed as a signature bourbon event held in the gateway to the bourbon world, The 2014 Bourbon Classic promises to kick start your career as a Citizen Bourbon Ambassador. And, true to Louisville bourbon culture, it begins with a bourbon-tastic party at the beautiful Kentucky Center for the Arts.
On Friday January 31, at 7 p.m. the Bourbon Classic Cocktail Challenge will commence. Chefs and mixologists from your favorite Louisville restaurants will team up to create the ultimate bourbon cocktails-both classic and contemporary. New this year is the food-pairing competition; the small plates will be judged as well. All of the small plates will feature bourbon in some way.
Do you remember that four part series on becoming a Citizen Bourbon Ambassador? The Bourbon Classic is a unique opportunity to learn about bourbon, try new bourbons, learn about distilleries, and test all the magnificent ways Kentucky’s native spirit pairs with food, all in one place with one price tag. Whether you know nothing about bourbon or you are a seasoned pro, the Bourbon Classic is for you. This is a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else, joining Kentucky bourbon culture and history with the Louisville culinary world.
Among the highlights of the February 1st events is the Q&A session with at least nine master distillers and MC Fred Minnick. After hearing the distillers’ stories, you can join in the discussion by asking your own burning bourbon questions. Then you can attend your choice of a variety of lectures at Bourbon Classic University-everything from The Bottle and the Board and How Bourbon Pairs with Cheese to Bourbon and Beer: A Beautiful Marriage.
The Bourbon Classic is a “great way to celebrate bourbon history as well as our own native back yard spirit. [Louisville is the]Napa valley of bourbon,” according to event promoter Tony Butler. Also, new this year will be a book store chock full of bourbon books and their authors.
I will definitely be in attendance. Tweet me @LouGirl502 if you want to chat about bourbon, and be sure to use the hash tag #BourbonClassic liberally. This event is growing thanks to Citizen Bourbon Ambassadors like you. Tickets are still available here, so please join me at the 2014 @bourbon_classic!
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