Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26 at The Sugar Mill and Marriot Convention Center Bourbon lovers can join together and celebrate at the inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival. From Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017, food, spirit, and culture will converge at the Sugar Mill and Marriot Convention Center in the historic Warehouse District of New Orleans. Festivities include a marketplace featuring an array of Bourbon-centric products; two grand tasting events from the world’s finest distilleries; live panels with some of the greatest names in the bourbon industry, and a bourbon jazz brunch. Central to this year’s kick-off event is attention on “Women in Bourbon”, one of the fastest growing segments in the industry. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit St. Michael Special School; an educational facility that teaches students ages six through adulthood with special needs.


Pre-Festival Dinners:                    

Thursday, March 23rd – To whet your whistle before the festival, Legends of Bourbon Series will feature five exclusive four-course pairing dinners at top local restaurants. Dinners will be hosted by the best Master Distillers in the country: Fred Booker Noe III of Jim Beam at The Foundation Room at The House of Blues; Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey & Russell’s Reserve atThe Bourbon House; Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon at Salon by Sucre; Diageo Brands at Morton’s Steakhouse; Sazarac at Cochon; and Heaven Hill at Kenton’s. Dinners are $130 per person, all-inclusive, and feature bourbon pairings with each course, as well as an amuse bouche and welcome cocktail. Guests of the Jim Beam, Jefferson’s Bourbon, and Wild Turkey dinners will receive a complimentary signed bottle of bourbon.

Grand Tastings:       

Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM at The Sugar Mill. VIP doors open at 6:30 PM. Festival goers and bourbon aficionados can roam about a marketplace adorned with Bourbon-centric products; taste the finest bourbon in the world, and nosh on New Orleans best bites by 20 local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment provided by local jazz pianist Matt Lemmler.


Including but not limited to

  • Kenton’s
  • Salon by Sucre
  • Maypop
  • Morton’s Steakhouse
  • Primitivo
  • Galatoire’s
  • The Creole Creamery
  • Congreso Cubano
  • Old School Eats
  • Cochon


  • 1792 Port Finished
  • 1792 Single Barrel
  • 1792 Small Batch
  • 1792 Sweet Wheat
  • Baker’s
  • Basil Hayden’s
  • Bird Dog 10 Year
  • Bird Dog Small Batch
  • Blade and Bow
  • Boone County Eighteen 33
  • Booker’s
  • Breckenridge
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Bulleit
  • Bulleit 10 Year
  • Bulleit Rye
  • Calumet
  • Clyde Mays 5 Year
  • Clyde Mays 6 Year
  • Clyde Mays Special Reserve
  • Cooper’s Craft
  • Devil’s Cut
  • Eagle Rare
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Elijah Craig Small Batch
  • Evan Williams 1783
  • Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel
  • Four Roses
  • Henry McKenna Single Barrel
  • Herman Marshall
  • Herman Marshall Rye
  • High West
  • High West American Prairie
  • High West Double Rye
  • High West Rendezvous
  • Rye Hudson Baby
  • Hudson Four Grain
  • Hudson Manhattan Rye
  • Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • IW Harper
  • Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye
  • Jefferson’s
  • Jim Beam
  • Knob Creek
  • Lexington
  • Maker’s 46
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Minor Case Rye
  • Old Forester 1870
  • Old Forester 1897
  • Old Forester 1920
  • Old Forester Mint Julep
  • Old Forrester Classic 86
  • Old Granddad
  • Old Overholt Rye
  • Pikesville Rye
  • ri1 Rye
  • Rittenhouse Rye
  • Russel’s Reserve
  • Russel’s Reserve Rye
  • Russel’s Reserve Single Barrel
  • Russel’s Reserve Single Barrel
  • Rye
  • Sazerac Rye
  • Templeton Rye 10 Year
  • Templeton Rye 6 Year
  • Virgil Kaine Ashcat Blended
  • Virgil Kaine Ginger-Infused
  • Virgil Kaine High-Rye
  • Virgil Kaine Rye
  • Wild Turkey
  • Wild Turkey 101 Rye
  • Wild Turkey Decades
  • Wild Turkey Forgiven
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed
  • Wild Turkey Rye
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Woodford Reserve Double
  • Oaked
  • Woodford Reserve Rye
  • Yellowstone Limited Edition
  • Yellowstone Select

Live Panels:

Saturday, March 25th – starting at 9 AM live panels will be held all day at theMarriott Convention Center, with top speakers like Trey Zoeller, Founder of Jefferson’s Bourbon; Fred Booker Noe III of Jim Beam and Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey Distillery. The featured “Women in Bourbon” panel will bring out some of the industry’s most recognized females including Carla Carlton – The Bourbon Babe; Susan Reigler – author, professor and executive bourbon steward; and Peggy Noe Stevens, master taster, author and brand strategist.

For a full list of available seminars, please visit https://neworleansbourbon2017.sched.com/.

Awards Brunch:

Sunday, March 26th – Beginning at 11:30 AM at the Marriott Convention Center, the celebratory brunch will announce winners of the bourbon tasting and will feature craft cocktails, culinary delights and live music from the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band.


Tickets range from $59 – $490 (Ultimate VIP) and can be purchased at Bourbon Festival Tickets. Stay up to date on information and schedule at www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com or download the event app at  Bourbon Fest Ios App or Bourbon Fest Android App.


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