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First-ever Omaha Whiskey Fest held Saturday

Posted at 10:48 AM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 11:48:56-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A new festival kicked off Saturday in Omaha, centered around whiskey.

The first-ever Whiskey Fest took place at the downtown Embassy Suites.

Whiskey Fest featured vendors from all across the nation and world--showcasing more than 250 whiskey drinks from places like Japan, Ireland, and Scotland.

The event was sold out, as those behind the festival say they expect it to be an annual thing.

"It's definitely to put Omaha on the map with whiskey vendors so just to get whiskey connoisseurs and customers excited about whiskey in Omaha, and the more we can encourage people and their excitement, the more vendors will pay attention to Omaha as a whiskey market,” said Laurie Hellbusch, founding member of Whiskey Fest.

Local chefs also served whiskey-infused food.