KY State BBQ Festival returns

Join us Sept. 7-9 when we host the Kentucky State BBQ Festival.

This is the second year for Wilderness Trail Distillery to host the BBQ Festival, which features BBQ prepared by eight award-winning pitmasters from around the country. If you consider yourself somewhat of a grill master, you may want to enter the Backyard BBQ Competition. This event is all about eating and family fun and you can feel good knowing that it is a Heart of Kentucky United Way fundraiser.

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Master Distiller tours offered during BBQ Festival

In addition to our regular tours offered during the KY State BBQ Festival, sign up for an hour-long Master Distiller’s tour.
These tours, led by Wilderness Trail’s Master Distiller Shane Baker, will be offered at 2 and 4 p.m. Sept. 8.
The tour includes a trip to the barrelhouse where you will taste the Bourbon from the barrel. The tours feature the laboratory for Ferm Solutions, fermentation and distilling areas for the distillery that produces Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Blue Heron Vodka and Bourbon barrel-aged Harvest Rum. Guests receive a souvenir Glencairn.
Tours are limited to 20 people. The cost is $40 a person. Reserve a tour by calling 859-402-8707.
Regular tours will be offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Half-hour tours will be available for $5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 and noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10.

Get your recipes ready: Chili Cook-off returns

We had a great time helping the Danville Kiwanis raise money for their Christmas for Kids and we’re ready to do this again Oct. 20. So, get those chili recipes ready and enter the competition to help a good cause.

You can help by entering the competition, registering as a vendor or buying a ticket to sample the chili and vote on the People’s Choice Award. 

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the distillery, 4095 Lebanon Road. If you are interested in entering your chili or being a vendor, email

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