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Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Nature Humphries


Festival Bourbon Tasting Will Have Something for Everyone (even the kids!)

This Saturday, foodies and bourbon lovers will take over the Old Armory Pavilion from noon until 3 pm. The Oxford Bourbon Festival and Auction will be in full swing this weekend, with all proceeds to benefit the Move On Up Mississippi Foundation, which “inspires and funds educational youth initiatives focused on health, well-being and physical activity.”


The tasting will feature a half dozen or so labels, including Woodford ReserveRich Grain Distilling Co., Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co., and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with the distillers while sampling the many different bourbons. 

There will also be a bar and small bites prepared by award-winning and notable chefs, including Matthew Bell of South on Main (Little Rock, Ark.), Cole Ellis of The Delta Meat Market (Cleveland, Miss.), Mitch McCamey of Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen (Tupelo, Miss.), among other regional greats. 

Of course you will need tunes while you enjoy your sips and bites, so slide guitarist John Emil will provide live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Can’t find a babysitter? Don’t fret! There will be a bouncy house and kid’s area, so this is truly a family-friendly event. 

“This event is our opportunity to share with the community our love of bourbon while fundraising to support grant making opportunities for local organizations focusing on health and well-being of Mississippi children,” said Chef John Currence, Move On Up founder and chef/owner of The City Grocery Restaurant Group.

Tickets for the tasting at $35 and can be purchased here.

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Nature Humphries is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She has also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a server and a bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.

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