Three days of all things bourbon. Think about that.
Chef John Currence and the Move on Up Mississippi Foundation announced the inaugural Oxford Bourbon Festival & Auction for May 18-20 in Oxford.
The celebration features private dinners by acclaimed chefs, exclusive bourbon tastings, live performance by The War & Treaty and a live auction of rare and one-of-a-kind bourbons and premium experiences.
Proceeds from the festivities benefit Move on Up Mississippi, a not-for-profit organization founded by Chef Currence, dedicated to improving the lives of Mississippi’s underserved children.
The Oxford Bourbon Festival & Auction kicks off Friday evening, May 18, with a series of private dinners prepared by James Beard Foundation recognized chefs from across the South. Cooking in some of the most historic and beautiful homes in Oxford, the bourbon-themed dinners, with paired wines and spirits, are prepared by award-winning culinary talent, including:
- Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary (Charleston) and Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar (Oxford)’
- Asha Gomez of The Third Space (Atlanta) and Ralph Taylor of City Grocery (Oxford)
- Matt Bolus of 404 Kitchen (Nashville) and Matt McClure of The Hive (Bentonville)
- Kevin Nashan of Sydney Street Café (St. Louis)and Kelly English of Restaurant Iris (Memphis)
- Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia (Louisville) and David Crews of the Delta Supper Club
- Hugo Ortegao f Hugo’s (Houston) and Jonathan Magallanes of Las Tortugas (Memphis)
- Joe Kindred of Kindred (Davidson, NC) and Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive In (Jackson)
The lineup could change, and updates can be found at OxfordBourbonFest.com
Following the private dinners, the event moves to The Lyric Theater as 500 general admission ticket holders will attend a concert by The War & Treaty. VIP ticket holders have access to a dessert bar created by two James Beard award nominated chefs, along with complimentary cocktails and punch.
On Saturday, May 19, the events move to The National Guard Armory Pavilion from Noon -3 p.m. for a walk-around Bourbon Tasting. Attendees have the chance to sample a variety of premium bourbons, meet the distillers and whisky producers and enjoy sandwiches and snacks prepared by chefs from across Mississippi. A complete schedule can be found at the festival website.
Saturday evening is the Bottle and Barrel Bourbon Auction from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring a whole hog pig picking by renowned pit master Rodney Scott,at the South End Zone Field Club at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The live auction includes more than 12 lots of impossible-to-get, fine and rare whiskies, including limited releases, custom selections and personal libraries from some of the most notable bourbon collectors and aficionados in the country.
The Oxford Bourbon Festival & Auction concludes Sunday morning, May 20, with the“Milk Punch” Brunch at Bouré from 11 a.m –1 p.m., featuring fried chicken boxes and“old school” Milk Punch for those able to stay longer.
More announcements, including additional bourbons, auction packages, live entertainment and culinary talent will be announced in the coming weeks. All festival information and updates can be found at OxfordBourbonFest.com, and tickets are available at Eventbrite.com/oxfordbourbonfest18.com.
- Dinners: $250 (includes dinner and VIP at Concert)
- Concert: $40 ($85 VIP, includes dessert bar and balcony access)
- Bourbon Tasting: $35
- Auction: $200 ($1,750for table of 10)
- Bourbon Brunch $45
VIP Weekend Package (includes entire weekend activities): $500
For questions or information about the event contact Meghan Anderson via email or phone: Meghan@citygroceryonline.com or 662-234-9300.