bourbonv wrote:Great Idea Linn. Any others?
The tasting class, and the Master Distiller's forum could easily be accommodated in the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse at Buffalo Trace Distillery near Frankfort, Kentucky.
The 'Gala' would much more easily be accommodated at a large venue in Louisville, rather than in Bardstown. Many Gala goers fly into Louisville just to rent a limo down to Bardstown to attend the 'Gala', and then back to Louisville to spend the night only to fly out in the morning. Certain movers and shakers in the beverage alcohol business come to mind, but won't be named. We more normal bungholes are not among them. I know there is a lot of local politics/pride involved here that I won't address. There is also the matter of the high price of admission that insures some modicum of exclusivity that keeps out the riff-raff (i.e. - bunghole).
Since ima is a Southerner from a small southern town I find Bardstown a comfortable place to be. I like it! It's just too overcrowded at Bourbon Festival time. Some things that shouldn't change are: the barrel races, the Oscar Getz Museum auction, the music, the spirits court, or the crazyness on Spalding Lawn.
Bourbon Enthusiasts could set a different date, and set up all manner of special tours not available to the general public; tasting activties, and informative seminars. The comaraderie would abound, and expertise exchanged and expounded upon. Overcrowding and sold out motels wouldn't be a problem at all.