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Kentucky Derby Day Special Event Features Bourbons & Local Brews

Bourbon Festival at Belmont Racetrack, May 4

March 21, 2019—Elmont, N.Y.  Long Island event producer, Starfish Junction has confirmed that they will once again host the bourbon tasting event at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, NY on Saturday May 4th from 3:00pm-7:00pm.  Bourbon At Belmont is hosted in conjunction with the New York Racing Association (NYRA).  This special event will feature more than thirty bourbons for tasting, a selection of craft beers that have been bourbon barrel-aged, a live simulcast transmission of the Kentucky Derby race, grandstand viewing of the track to enjoy live event day thoroughbred racing, and convenient betting windows.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the event website www.BourbonAtBelmont.com.  Tickets for this special event are very limited, a sell-out is expected.  This is a 21+ event.

"Bourbon whiskey and horse racing may be associated with Kentucky, but there's an older tradition of whiskey making and horse racing in New York that goes back all the way to the 1600s,” said Colin Spoelman, co-founder of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest and largest craft distillery.  “We think it's fitting to serve New York bourbon at Belmont for the Kentucky Derby as it is a New York spin on a Kentucky tradition. With bourbon popular right now, this event is a great way to try some of the classics and some creative whiskeys from newer local distilleries too," he added.

Including bourbons from such prestigious brands as Woodford Reserve, Larceny, Wild Turkey, Whistle Pig, and Elijah Craig, plus highly-praised local producers like Brooklyn’s Kings County Distillery and Widow Jane Distillery and Long Island’s newest, Montauk Hard Label, this event will be unlike any other, promising an exceptional attendee experience.  “This event will be an afternoon filled with extraordinary bourbon and beer tastings, live racing, a simulcast of the running of the Kentucky Derby, and for those feeling lucky, convenient betting windows inside the event footprint,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction.  “This Kentucky Derby day celebration will be a truly unforgettable experience for all who attend.  It combines the love of bourbon and the love of horse racing, two passions shared by many,” added Calimano.  With limited tickets available, Calimano predicts a sell-out. 

Bourbon At Belmont will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm  Tickets are on sale now ($65pp) and include bourbon and beer sampling, grandstand viewing of the day’s live scheduled races, the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby (6:50pm ET), and a souvenir taster glass.  The event will be held in the North Shore Terrace viewing pavilion on the fourth floor of the Belmont Park Racetrack.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Food is available for purchase from venue concessions.  Designated driver tickets are also available for $12 each.  No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry.  Parking is $3.00 per car.  Belmont Park Racetrack, home of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY.  Ticket links and info for the festival is available at www.BourbonAtBelmont.com.

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