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Louisville’s Bourbon and Beyond

Louisville is probably best known for two things – horse racing and bourbon. Pretty much everything else in the city markets itself off those two things.. which is pretty understandable because what could be more fun than bourbon and horses?!?!?

One of the newest things to embrace the bourbon spirit was a new music festival called Bourbon and Beyond. It marketed itself as blues, bourbon, and a truly foodie experience. Naturally, Z. and I had to check it out and we invited my inlaws to join us along.


The first day we were determined to sit out and rock to the music all day. But it was 90degrees and sunny. Did I mention it was 90? My makeup melted and then so did my soul. Great day but so, so hot.

Sunset was more than just pretty. It brought an end to the heat misery.


Needless to say, the next day we hung out further from the music, but in the shade. Way, way better. Despite the heat, I was determined to rock the cute festival dress.


Personally, while I like music, Z. LOVES music, especially blues, so the line up was incredible for him. We got to see some amazing acts like Fantastic Negrito, Keifer Sutherland, Gary Clark Jr., ZZ Ward, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Amos Lee, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, and Stevie Nicks. It was fan-freaking-tastic weekend of music.

I have mixed feelings about the food. What was good was hands down better than any other festival food I have ever had. Over the few days I had amazing kimchi covered sausage, crisp ceviche, and some amazing fat kid delight elephant ear with all the toppings.

But I also had the worst shrimp boil ever, burnt chicken and waffles, and overcooked red beans and rice. That is the tricky thing about this concept. Some food is just not designed to be cooked and served at a festival.


I was told the cocktails from the bourbon booths were amazing. However it was just too hot for me.

A few beers was all this girl wanted.


However, overall, it was a fantastic weekend and I would definitely recommend it next year!


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