Bourbon & Beyond Festival Features Pearl Jam, Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon, Jack White & More, Sept 15-18

With only a month to go until the return of the fan favorite festival Bourbon & Beyond, festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents is pleased to announce the incredible roster of talent from the culinary and spirits world that will curate unique food and beverage experiences on par with the massive music lineup. The destination event takes place September 15-18 at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, adding a full fourth day for the first time just to fit all in all of the unique multi-sensory opportunities for the World’s Largest Bourbon & Music Festival.

Leading the Culinary Atelier demonstrations on the Kentucky Venues Culinary Stage presented by Kentucky Proud are hosts Ed Lee and Chris Santos of respective “Top Chef” and “Chopped” fame. They will be joined by renowned chef personalities including Amanda Freitag, Antonia Lofaso and Damaris Phillips, among others. In addition, James Beard nominee Anthony Lamas of Louisville’s Seviche will be providing a fine dining experience for Beyond VIP and Rocks Room presented by Zelle guests throughout the festival weekend.

The hosts of The Bourbon Experience on The Team Kentucky Bourbon Stage include bourbon expert Chris Blandford and lifestyle guru, Emmy winner and Kentucky native Trish Suhr. They will be joined by special guests including the world’s leading bourbon authority Fred Minnick, Blackened American Whiskey distiller Rob Dietrich, Peggy Noe Stevens of Bourbon Women and Wes Henderson of Angel’s Envy, among others.

Other special guests of the weekend include Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (behind Brother’s Bond Bourbon) and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” actors and podcast hosts Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney.

The full lineup of culinary talent at Bourbon & Beyond includes (subject to change):

“The Always Sunny Podcast” (Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton)

Amanda Freitag

Anthony Lamas

Antonia Lofaso

Chris Carter

Chris Santos

Damaris Phillips

David Danielson, Dant Crossing

Ed Lee

Followill Family

Gin Wigmore

Hogslop String Band

James Peisker

Justin Sutherland

Neil Finn of Crowded House

Ouita Michel

Sam Fore

Tiffani Faison

Tyler McNabb

The full lineup of spirits talent at Bourbon & Beyond includes (subject to change):

Brandon Smith, The Daily Dram

Caleb Kilburn, Peerless

Campbell Brown, Brown-Forman

Carrie Van Winkle Greener, Pappy & Co

Chad and Sarah Perkins, It’s Bourbon Night

Chris Blandford

Dan Callaway, Bardstown

Fred Minnick

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Heather Wibbels, Bourbon Women

Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley, Brother’s Bond

Jennifer Vernia, Rabbit Hole

Jeremia & Anthony, The Whiskey Boys

John Wadell, Peerless

Josh Roque, Drew Estate

Julian P. Van Winkle III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery

Linda Ruffenach, Whisky Chicks

Marianne Eaves, Eaves Blind

Mark Ryan, l.a. Poche Perique Tobacco

Nadia Haddrick, A Girl Tasting Whiskey

Peggy Noe Stevens, Bourbon Women

Rob Dietrich, Blackened American Whiskey

Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark

Samara B. Davis, Black Bourbon Society

Trish Suhr

Tyler Zoller, Louisville Bourbon Buzz

Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy

Bourbon & Beyond offers incredible headlining music talent beginning with Jack White and Alanis Morissette Thursday, September 15; followed by Kings of Leon and Brandi Carlile on Friday, September 16; Pearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet on Saturday, September 17; and a very special closing night Sunday, September 18 including Kentucky native Chris Stapleton as well as The Doobie Brothers 50th anniversary celebration featuring Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee.

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