The inaugural Bourbon & Barbeque Louisville will take place in November. The epicurean adventure will pair Kentucky distillers with local and celebrated barbeque pitmasters to create a unique culinary experience at Waterfront Park this fall.

“There’s no question that Louisville continues to build on its reputation as a world-class hospitality city. We’ve been building our Bourbonism brand for a number of years, and the city is home to 10 distillery experiences, and the Urban Bourbon Experience, a citywide trail that’s filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits, and craft cocktail destinations,” said Mayor Fischer. “Today’s announcement brings together great bourbon and great barbeque for a weekend’s worth of fun in November and is an outstanding addition to our impressive culinary scene.”

The celebration will pair Kentucky distillers with pitmasters and have an international flair; in addition to traditional American barbeque, there will be offerings from Korean BBQ to Tandoori.

Driving the celebration are veteran event designers Andi Oustalet and Grace Fitzmorris, who are working with local and national musicians to develop an exciting musical program.

“I don’t think Anthony Bourdain was much wrong when he said that barbeque may not be the road to world peace… but it’s a start,” said the Mayor. “Join us in November as we test that theory.”

Bourbon & Barbeque Louisville will take place at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, at the Swing Garden, and at The Big Four Lawn, from November 10-12, 2022. Tickets will range from $175-$250 and go on sale in late summer. For more information, please visit

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