Whiskey connoisseurs rejoice, for you’ve got a tall pour of the best whiskey in the world waiting for you at the seventh annual Whiskey Obsession Festival in Sarasota starting Wednesday, April 10th. This four-day fest will feature classes, prominent speakers, lunch and dinner pairings and an epic Grand Tasting where hundreds of whiskies and cocktails will be on the bar waiting for you.
Start off this seven-year aged festival with the Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner at the Sarasota Yacht Club, where you’ll share the evening with an elegant four-course dinner and prominent speaker that will have you feeling tipsy with desire to fuel your whiskey obsession. Use that fuel to buy your tickets to any of the four exclusive tasting events happening on Thursday. Whether you’re interested in intimate meals, in-depth panel discussions or simply some great tastings, there is a perfect event for you going on. Tickets range from $25-$125 depending on the event.
But, make sure you pace yourself, because you’re definitely not going to want to miss the Grand Tasting and Brand Experience on Friday – this is the grand climax of the festival. If you like whiskey (and let’s be honest, if you’re reading this, you do) you have to participate in this impressive enthusiast event. Starting at 7 P.M. for VIPs and 8 P.M. for general admission, you’ll have the opportunity to sample hundreds of award winning whiskies from around the world, featuring dozens of the most notable premium global brands and some of the best emerging craft distillers from around Florida and the country. Three ticket levels are available, depending on your whiskey aficionado status. If you’re feeling like a VIP, then snag your exclusive VIP ticket for $195 – this will get you early admission to the event, where you and the other very important sippers will enjoy an hour of tasting at least 25 ultra-premium, fine, expensive and rare spirits. You’ll also have the opportunity to mingle and interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals. If you like the finer things in life (who doesn’t?) then you’ve got to experience the Grand Tasting as a VIP.
The festival will wrap up on Saturday with the Women of Whiskey Brunch and the Beer, Bourbon and Cigars event. To get your tickets to the Whiskey Obsession events and Grand Tastings, visit their site. Be sure to check out their pour lists to see if your favorite whiskey is featured, and don't forget, drink responsibly. Cheers!