Louisville’s First Bourbon Festival

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, where the event will take place.

For two days, bourbon connoisseurs can attend tastings, meet experts and enjoy the festivities at the Bourbon Classic 2013 taking place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY.

On March 22, the Cocktail Challenge will take place with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prepared by teams of chefs and bartenders, followed by an opening party where guests can meet bourbon experts. The following day will feature a welcome session with master distillers; the Bourbon Classic University, with seminars such as “Crafting the Perfect Cocktails (and Serving them Right)”; a Bourbon Marketplace with exhibits, tastings and products; and a closing night party with music.

The standard ticket package is $275 pp and the VIP package is $355 pp. For more information, visit bourbonclassic.com.

Louisville Marriott Downtown is offering a discount for guests attending the event with rates at $159 per night. The four-diamond hotel, in the heart of downtown, is next to the 4th Street Live dining and entertainment district, as well as near many museums and attractions. Dining options at the hotel include Champion’s Sports Bar & Restaurant and BLU Italian Grille, and there is a 24-hour fitness and cardio exercise room, as well as an indoor pool and sauna. For more information, call (877) 901-6632.