426 – Insider Tips on Throwing a Bourbon Festival with Bourbon on the Banks and St. Louis Bourbon Festival

At some point you will find yourself going to a bourbon festival. And rightly you should. It’s where people like us gather to try new things and meet a like-minded community. On today’s show, I’ve invited Diane Strong of Bourbon on the Banks and Drew Chostner of the St. Louis Bourbon Festival to come on the show to talk about throwing a bourbon festival that isn’t always the same. The goal is to make this a truly engaging event for bourbon lovers by bringing together an exciting mix of upstart distilleries and big brands for tastings. We talk about including educational seminars and the overall format. But then we dive into the nitty gritty of things like city permitting, access to water, and how to calculate ticket prices for attendees.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about operations after a master distiller leaves.
  • What was your bourbon journey like?
  • Was the reason for the festival to cash flow other projects?
  • What are you trying to do to make your festival different than anything else?
  • What types or permits do you need?
  • Has the ABC ever showed up to one of your events?
  • What approach do you take to get brands to sponsor the festival?
  • Do you see attendees start venturing toward the startups vs the traditional distilleries?
  • How do you make sure the distilleries are engaged with attendees?
  • How do you promote responsibility?
  • Why would you want to include educational seminars?
  • How do you determine ticket prices for attendees?
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