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Kentucky Edge Bourbon Experience


An immersive weekend of greatbourbon, food, music, and conversation

October 4-5, 2019

Northern Kentucky – Covington I Newport I Bellevue


COVINGTON, KY. (August 29, 2019) — Produced by ESK Presents, Kentucky’s Edge is a signature event that pairs bourbon with all things Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5. Covington, Ky., and Newport, Ky., serve as the campus for an immersive weekend of great bourbon, food, music, shopping and conversation, leveraging the great spaces and businesses in Northern Kentucky. Bourbon enthusiasts and novices alike have the opportunity to hear from bourbon experts at the Saturday conference, distillery day tours all weekend, and other exciting activities – all within walking and shuttle distance.

Among the 35+ experiences available during this unique weekend, event-goers can enjoy free events, pay-as-you-go experiences, and VIP upgrades. Visit for ticketing options and more information.


Taste & Pair

A plethora of bourbon tastings make Kentucky's Edge a unique event. The bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky have put together some special tastings that will probably sell out fast.

Artisan Market

Listen to music while shopping at the artisan market. Sample some bourbon from some small, craft distilleries. Grab a hand-rolled cigar while you’re at it. If you're hungry, there is plenty to eat in the market or at the nearby restaurants. The market will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days – Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5.

Day Tours

There are three distilleries to check out when visiting Northern Kentucky: Old Pogue, Boone County, and New Riff. There’s also a unique tour with laps around the Kentucky Speedway with a pro driver before visiting Neeley Family Distillery. 

Considering participating as an exhibitor? The deadline is Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., visit for more information.


Saturday and Sunday Headliners

Catch Com Truise on Friday, Oct. 4 and Jukebox the Ghost on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave), doors open at 7 p.m., shows starts at 8 p.m. Shows are all ages. Buy tickets at, Kentucky's Edge VIP ticket holders get access to the show, a private bar, and complimentary snacks.

Free Music on the River

Tucked away under the railroad tracks and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge is the entrance to the music fest on the river. Friday, Oct. 4 is cover band night with regional favorite The Rusty Griswolds – music starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 is all original music with Hayseed Dixie – crowds can enjoy tunes from noon to 10 p.m. And yes, there will be bourbon.

Smoke Justis Block Party

Creator's studio Self Diploma will bring their stable of DJ's to the block party at Roebling Point. Party the night away – this event runs from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.


The bourbon conference is a one-day affair that takes place Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. There will be keynotes, speakers, panels, and workshops with an emphasis on storytelling. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the conference ends at 5 p.m.

Hear from Bill Samuels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark; Mandy Vance, Private Selection at Four Roses; Bob Batchelor, author of “TheBourbonKing”; Brian Haara, author of “BourbonJustice”; James Higdon, author of “Cornbread Mafia”; and Molly Wellmann, mixologist and author, and many others.


Come join the fun as a volunteer. The deadline for volunteer submission is Friday, Aug. 30 - subsequent submissions will be wait-listed. Sign up today at


Everything from tastings and tours, to local dining options, to the VIP experience can be viewed and purchased at The $495 exclusive VIP Upgrade experience includes:

  • VIP lounge at the Music Festival with hospitality tent, private/upgraded bathrooms, private bar with drink specials, and stage-front viewing.
  • VIP lounge at the Block Party with hospitality room, upgraded bathrooms, and private bar with drink specials.
  • VIP lounge at the Kentucky Artisan Market with hospitality tent, private/upgraded bathrooms and drink specials.
  • Complimentary access to both shows at the Madison Theater enjoyed from the VIP balcony with a private bar and complimentary late-night snacks.
  • A bottle of Kentucky's Edgebourbon(limited edition).
  • Plus other perks and surprises.


Kentucky’s Edge is truly a collaborative event. The local businesses, philanthropists, and foundations that helped launch this signature event are more than one-time funders, they are stewards committed to its future. Special thanks to Alliance Resource Partners, LP; The Milburn Group; St. Elizabeth Healthcare; 20th Anniversary Forward Information Technologies; Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky; Kroger; meetNKY; and the NKY Chamber of Commerce, among many additional supporters.



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