Central Pennsylvania will host its second annual Whiskey festival from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey. A special VIP session featuring a local distiller will take place from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, an hour before the Grand Tasting.
The Central PA Whiskey Festival will feature more than 200 premium distilled spirits from world-renowned brands, as well as highly-rated, reserve, and small-batch products for sampling. The tasting list will feature Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Gin, and Cordials.
Many of the spirits offered for tasting will be available for purchase at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Food will also be available so attendees may enjoy responsibly. All attendees, including designated drivers, must be at least 21 years old and provide valid identification at the event entrance.
From 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., a special VIP event will feature David Stein and still master Coty Edwards of Hidden Still Spirits, a Lebanon County craft distillery. VIP ticketholders will have the opportunity to sample and purchase a special Pennsylvania bourbon produced and bottled exclusively for this event. VIP tickets are $165 and include admission to the grand tasting.
Tickets to the Grand Tasting from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM are $100 and include a tasting glass and event parking; designated driver tickets are $30 and do not include the glass. A portion of all proceeds will benefit MidPenn Legal Services, a United Way-associated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides civil legal aid to families and individuals living at or below the poverty level who face serious hardships in the areas of family law and custody, domestic violence, elder law, and more.
The venue of the event, The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, had the following to say about their credentials for hosting such a prestigious event: “The AACA Museum, a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a world-class automotive experience. Children and adults of all ages can explore numerous vintage vehicle displays and interactive exhibits featuring cars, buses, motorcycles, and other automobiles from the 1890s through the 1980s. The AACA Museum is conveniently located in Hershey, PA and attracts visitors from throughout Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lancaster, and all of Pennsylvania.”
“A visit to the AACA Museum is a one-of-a-kind journey of discovery and entertainment for the entire family. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the AACA Museum is open to the public and offers both self-guided and guided tours for larger groups. As you make your way through the museum, you’ll discover a number of vintage automobiles in unique scenes and settings. We frequently change and update displays, and we host a number of new events each month.”
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state.