Festival Unveiled Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon


Join us to celebrate the first event of Derby Festival season and get a preview of what this year’s Festival will look like!

Sip one-of-a-kind, signature Bourbon cocktails from around the state you can’t taste anywhere else. Get a first look at the 2020 Official Derby Festival poster, plus get it signed by the artist. Browse the new merchandise while enjoying appetizers and mingling with friends!

Thursday, March 5, 2020
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The first “official” Kentucky Derby Festival event 2020 – Festival Unveiled – returns on March 5th at the Mellwood Arts Center. Doors open at 5:00 P.M.

Guests get their first look at the 2020 Festival:

  • Meet 2020 Poster Artist and get your personalized Official Poster
  • First opportunity to purchase 2020 merchandise
  • Annual Four Roses Rose Julep Cocktail Competition
  • 2020 Official Program Release
  • Silent Auction of Framed Posters
  • Everyone receives an Official Poster Pin and Official Souvenir Glass

Join us to celebrate the first event of Derby Festival season!


Mixologists from area restaurants and bars will compete in the 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 5 at 5:00 P.M.

Each of the contestants will create their own take on Derby’s Classic Cocktail, the Mint Julep. Each Julep, made with Four Roses Bourbon, 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 the 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.