This will be a first-class event with three days of tastings, seminars and a special event recognizing "Women and Whiskey." One of the honored guests at that event will be Hollis Bulleit, who I've had the pleasure to meet and drink with a couple of times — and trust me when I say you don't want to miss out on that opportunity. For detailed descriptions and a schedule of all the events, check out the festival website.
The list of participating distilleries is literally a who's who of the whiskey biz including:
Collier & McKeel
Elmer T. Lee
Early Times 354
Troy & Sons
William Grant (Tuthill)
Needless to say, Midtown suggests everyone consider alternate transportation home from these events, because there's gonna be some drinkin' going on. Discounted designated driver tickets will be available and the event is of course 21-and-up only. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors to help sober you up.
All events will be held downtown at the Tennessee State Museum and War Memorial Auditorium. You can expect this to be one of the tasting events of this year or any year, and it should really put Nashville on the whiskey enthusiast map. Kudos to Midtown for all their efforts organizing this and to all the distillers for participating.