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WhiskyFest™ New York returns to original format in 2014

Whisky Advocate magazine’s WhiskyFest New York will take place in 2014 on Wednesday, October 29th, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. The event will return to its original format: an evening grand tasting with seminars occurring simultaneously in adjacent breakout rooms. This original format will also continue at the WhiskyFests held in Chicago and San Francisco.

John Hansell, Whisky Advocate Editor and Publisher, explains:

We are taking a break from the more recent two-day program of grand tastings on two evenings and all-day seminars on the second day in New York City. Our primary reason for waiting is that we want the New York seminar day to be the best whisky event anywhere. To achieve this, we need to have substantial quantities of incredibly rare whiskies procured for an audience of several hundred whisky enthusiasts; this is extremely difficult to accomplish on an annual basis. Rather than hold an event that does not live up to the standards we have set, with whiskies that are not the best and rarest, we prefer to take a break in 2014 so we can properly plan our next seminar day and source the appropriate whiskies.

The WhiskyFest dates for 2014 have been established as follows:

           WhiskyFest Chicago:Friday, April 25

           WhiskyFest San Francisco: Friday, October 3

           WhiskyFest New York: Wednesday, October 29

Updated ticket and exhibitor information will be available in November. For more information on the 2014 events, contact Joan McGinley, WhiskyFest Events manager, at

3 Responses to “WhiskyFest™ New York returns to original format in 2014”

  1. Matt says:

    I think it would be great to have this on a Saturday. It’s tough to take days off and travel in the middle of the week.

  2. John Nicoll-Senft says:

    I applaud the change of format … quality needs to be the priority.
    However, I echo Matt’s comment: a mid-week event is challenging. Either a Friday of Saturday night would be the preference.
    Regardless, Thank you! for years of great WhiskyFests.

  3. Bob Howell says:

    I have attended the last 2 events in NY and had a really great time, but as soon as it was announced that NY was moving to Wednesday, I knew that it was unlikely that I would be back. I assume you have this in the three cities you do to make the travel easier for people in each region of the country. But by moving it to a Wednesday, you might as well put a big ad in the next issue telling all the folks that used to travel hundreds of miles to come that you don’t want them anymore and that the event is now only for locals. It’s hard enough to get the time away from the office to come when it’s on a Friday, but Wednesday?? really??

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