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We’ve been waiting on the edge of our seats to see who will be serving up the culinary experiences at the Bourbon and Beyond Festival at Champions Park in Louisville September 22 and 23, and we’re thrilled to finally see and share the list.

Decca’s Annie Pettry will be  teaming up with New York and Washington D.C. chef – and Louisville native – Akhtar Nawab to demonstrate  best-of-the-bluegrass dishes. Milkwood’s Kevin Ashworth joins Cincinnati chef Jose Salazar to show why a great steak pairs better with bourbon instead of red wine. Festival bourbon curator Fred Minnick partners with Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio to discuss the chemistry of good food and drink – how the chemical transformation of bourbon in the barrel mirrors the techniques of food in the pan.  

The full lineup of chef demosincludes:

  •    Milkwood chef Kevin Ashworth with Mita chef Jose Salazar
  •    Decca chef Annie Pettry with Alta Calidad chef Akhtar Nawab
  •    Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator chef Edward Lee with MasterChef judge Aaron Sanchez
  •    Bourbon & Beyond bourbon curator Fred Minnick with Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio
  •    Seviche chef Anthony Lamas with Great White chef Alex Thomopolous
  •    Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator chef Edward Lee with Brothers and Sisters chef Erik Bruner Yang
  •    Food Network host Damaris Phillips with Broken Spanish chef Ray Garcia
  •    HiCotton Hospitality’s Ryan Rogers and bar Vetti chef Andrew McCabe with Iron Chef Gauntlet winner Stephanie Izard

Various musicians performing at the festival will also get a chance to show off their culinary prowess. Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks.  Live music sets at the festival include Sting, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, David Byrne, plus dozens more, as well as 30 bourbon and food-focused experiences.


Festival goers will also be able to enjoy offerings from over a dozen local restaurants including:

Boss Hog BBQCitizen 7, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Eli’s BBQ, Gelato Gilberto, Hull & Highwater, Joella’s Hot ChickenMerles Whisky Kitchen, Midway Café, Ramiro’s Cantina, River Road BBQ, Steel City Ice Pops, Tumbleweed, Waylon’s Feed & Firewater, Whiskey Dry, 502 Café

The Silver Dollar will host an exclusive drink experience featuring experimental, rare and hard to find bourbons at The Hunter’s Club.

If you want to pregame with some great expeirences, you can check out exclusive distillery excursions from Mint Julep Experiences including Blade & Bow, Bulleit, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jeptha Creed, Kentucky Artisan, Limestone Branch, Maker’s Mark and Wild Turkey. Bourbon & Beyond is also partnering with the Muhammad Ali Center, which will host the Friday Night Supper Club in addition to offering festival ticket packages with special museum admission pricing and opportunities to attend the nationally recognized Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

“For Our Love of Kentucky” pre-show events Friday, September 21 are quickly selling out. However, select tickets are still available. These include:

Bourbon & Beyond Presents: St. Paul & The Broken Bones | Iroquois Amphitheater | 8 p.m.

Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1717302-st-paul-broken-bones-louisville/

Friday Night Supper Clubs presented by Angel’s Envy: Legends Dinner featuring Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio and Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator Edward Lee (at the Muhammad Ali Center)

Tickets: https://bourbon.frontgatetickets.com/event/chybutshm89huina

Stave & Thief Society: Exploring Bourbon Workshops: Presented by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Tours 

Tickets: https://bourbon.frontgatetickets.com/event/nopn7yax3uj15bbe

Find more information about all the “For Our Love of Kentucky” pre-show events at https://bourbonandbeyond.com/for-our-love-of-kentucky/