Celebrating the 4rd year of the festival....
The largest export for Kentucky is Bourbon and the touring industries related to bourbon bring in visitors from all over the world. Moonshine also has a rich history in the hills of Appalachia and Beattyville, Kentucky is home to a few local moonshiners.
A festival like this that combines bourbon and moonshine will be the first of its kind! The moonshiners of the Appalachian mountains are coming out of the hollers to share their stores because hey.. it's legal now!
Distilleries from all over the state will be represented at our festival. The event will also include a panel of distillers telling their story, live music, festival food and of course bourbon and moonshine tastings.
Backroads of Appalachia and the Whitley County Motorcycle Group, will be hosting the third annual Hillbilly Bikefest 2024 at the Beattyvillle Bourbon and Moonshine Festival. Bike Show registration at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 22nd. Come hang out with the Moonshiners from Discovery Channel and ride with them on the "Shiners for Shriners" charity Ride the River Dragon at 3:00 PM! The organizers ask that all riders refrain from consuming alcohol if your are going on the Ride The River Dragon Celebrity Charity Ride. Food, Fun, and plenty of great activities. A great time for any rider!
Check out the festival information below as plans rolls out for the event! Also download the application form if you are interested in being a vendor. Accepting applications for Distilleries, Moonshiners, Food Vendors, Artisans and Farmers.
Plan your visit
Looking for a place to stay? There are many cabins, campgrounds, and rooms in the Red River Gorge area. Click this link for listings of lodging closest to the festival in Beattyville, KY.
Thanks to Leave No Trace Adventures you can book a seat on the shuttle and not worry about traffic jams or parking spots! They are taking reservations now and will be shuttling from around the Red River Gorge Region to the Beattyville Bourbon and Moonshine Festival all throughout the day on July 10th and back again with last call just after the stage closes at 9pm. Reserve your shuttle seats today!