Media Contact

The Oxford Bourbon Festival encourages and welcomes interest from those in the media. The 2018 Festival is scheduled for March 30-31 and promises to be the best Festival yet. Please feel free to contact our media coordinator, Ashley Cain at with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and working with you this year! 


Press Release

(OXFORD, Miss.) - The Inaugural Oxford Bourbon Festival will take place March 30-31, 2018 between the venues: the Lyric Theater; King’s Steak House and the Tallahatchie Gourmet in Oxford, Mississippi.

"The Oxford Bourbon Festival is exceptionally pleased to forge a partnership with King’s Steak House, Rich Grain Distillery & Old Dominick Distillery, the first ever event in the state of Mississippi which
celebrates Bourbon as an American Spirit.” said Jan Linders,
festival director.

The festival kicks off Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at King’s Steak House with a Four (4) course Bourbon Dinner & Bourbon Pairing with Chef Corby King. Later that night from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am the festival moves to the Tallahatchie Gourmet with an After Dinner Blues Jam featuring Grammy Nominated bluesman, R. L. Boyce & also bluesman Lightnin’ Malcolm.

Saturday the festival begins at 11:00 am in the Lyric Theater with the Keynote Address from Alex Castle, Head Distiller from Old Dominick

The BourbonTalk Series begin at noon and last until 5:30 pm.

1st BourbonTalk

12:00 pm -1:15 pm - Bourbon:  How it is made.  A Crash Course in the Past and present Manufacturing Methods of America’s Favorite Spirit - featuring David Rich, owner of Rich Grain Distillery.

2nd BourbonTalk

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Bourbon Cocktail Creations: How to influence friends and family with Bourbon - Mixologists, Nick Spiller & Jeff Callaway.

3rd Bourbontalk

2:45 pm-4:15 pm - Explore the Bourbon Flavor Map:  Bourbon expert and award winning writer, Susan Reigler will help reveal the intriguing layers of flavors in bourbon with an expertly guided tasting of a trio of bourbons.   Each Bourbon has its own unique flavor profile. Fruit, spice, nuts, candy, grains, and more will be well-represented. At the end of the session, participate in a blind tasting to find out if women and men have different or similar tastes in bourbon whiskey.

4th BourbonTalk

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Bourbon, Bootlegging & Blues:  Hear bootlegging and moonshining stories from guests, Bluesman Little Willie Farmer & Bourbon Ambassador, Louis Clyde Mays III - hosted by Greg Johnson, Director of the Blues Archives at the University of Mississippi.

The last event of the festival is the main event also known as the Grand Tasting.   The time is from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm  - The Grand tasting gives attendees the opportunity to mingle with Bourbon Distillers, Bourbon Ambassadors and local chefs while enjoying delectable treats along with Bourbon, the great American Spirit.

General admission, VIP tickets & Safe Driver tickets are available for sale at:

Saturday Tickets