By Adam Aasen
The Carmel Rotary Club is hosting a Bourbon Fest on Saturday, March 11 where attendees can taste a variety of bourbons, sample food from local restaurants, smoke cigars and listen to live music.
The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sofi B. Estate at 9399 Ditch Road in Carmel.
Tickets are $40 per person with a majority of that money going to the Rotary Foundation, an international nonprofit focused on educational scholarships, humanitarian grants and the eradication of polio worldwide.
In 2012, there were polio cases reported in four countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. The Rotary Foundation helps make sure thousands of children are immunized against this disease.
“My goal with fundraising is to get as much money as possible,” said Rotary member and organizer John Stanley.
A VIP experience is available for $75, which includes a gift bag and a private tasting with a bourbon expert. VIP ticket holders will also be able to get in an hour earlier at 5:30 p.m. to get first crack at the food and bourbon available.
Island Breeze, a band with tropical steel-drum percussion, will play for Bourbon Fest attendees. There will also be a cigar lounge with complimentary cigars from Blend Cigar Bar paired with bourbon.
For those that don’t care for bourbon or cigars, there will be beer and wine offered as well. The cigar lounge will be separated to avoid smoke for others. There will be eight to 10 bourbons featured along with eight to 10 local restaurants.
There will be valet parking for guests. All attendees must be age 21 or older.
Only 250 total tickets are available so Stanley said he expects space to fill up quickly. He said Rotary came up with the idea to have an indoor event in the spring to balance out the Fourth of July event CarmelFest which is organized by Carmel Rotary.
“Especially since CarmelFest takes up so much time and is so weather-dependent, we thought it’d be fun to do something a few months prior to keep raising money for worthy causes,” Stanley said.
Tickets can be purchased online at bourbon-fest.eventbrite.com.