Festival Unveiled Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon

Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Festival Unveiled, scheduled for March 1, returns to the 2018 Festival schedule.  This event will open at 5:00 P.M.

Elements of the 2018 Festival will be unveiled including the 2018 Official Poster and merchandise line. Guests will get their first view of the Fillies Program, the official guide of the Kentucky Derby Festival.  Official product sponsors will also be on-hand sampling their products.

A framed poster silent auction, highlighting creatively designed framed versions of the 2018 Official Poster, will be taking place at the event.


Mixologists from 8 Louisville-area restaurants and bars will compete in the 15th annual Four Roses Bourbon Rose Julep Contest. The contest is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s “Festival Unveiled” event which will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 P.M.

Each of the 8 contestants will create their own take on Derby’s Classic Cocktail, the Mint Julep. Each Julep, made with Four Roses Yellow, will be evaluated on taste, presentation and creativity by a panel of local celebrities and beverage industry judges. Guests at Festival Unveiled can also cast their own votes for the “People’s Choice” Rose Julep. They’ll have the opportunity to sample all 8 Rose Julep recipes.


If you enjoy the classic Mint Julep, this is an event you do not want to miss. Each year contestants come up with delicious and creative recipes that appeal to all tastes.