Tennessee Whiskey Festival is back with new date, new venue

The fifth annual Tennessee Whiskey Festival will get a new date and venue for 2018. (Photo: Contributed)

Authored By Sean Phipps

The fifth annual Tennessee Whiskey Festival will get a new date and venue for 2018. (Photo: Contributed)

The popular Tennessee Whiskey Festival is getting a new date and a new location for the fifth year.

Organizers announced the 2018 festival will be Sept. 15 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Gardens. Previously, the festival was held in May at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Organizers created the festival “to showcase the state’s craft spirits and the people who produce them.” A benefit for the Hart Gallery, the festival combines craft whiskey tastings, live music and a judged wing competition featuring local restaurants.

Tickets are now on sale for the event. 

Several options are available, including a VIP Whiskey Lover for $145.00, and Advance VIP Whiskey Lover for $125.00 and Whiskey Tasting passes.

General admission is $20 and includes wings, a full cash bar and access to food vendors.

The festival will include over 40 whiskey tasting booths, featuring not only Tennessee whiskeys but bourbons, ryes and whiskeys from around the world.

Music performers will be announced closer to the date.

A Whiskey Supper will be held on Sept. 14 at the Terminal Station dome is presented by George Dickel. It features food from James Beard nominated Chef Erik Niel. The supper also includes a silent auction to benefit Hart Gallery.

The supper requires a separate ticket purchase.

In addition to whiskey, the festival will honor the late Jim Brewer with a wing competition named in his honor.