Celebrity Wine & Spirits Festival is designed to be a showcase event offering a plethora of high-profile beverages for guests to explore, taste and experience all in one location. Hosted at Bendistillery, home of Crater Lake Spirits.

Enjoy fine wine, craft beer and spirits samples.

Tastings start at $85 per person and includes 10 samples. VIP tickets include early entry, exclusive brands, 10 samples, and VIP only Fred Minnick Bourbon seminar.

Add on seminars for $50 each!

VIP Entry Noon.
General Admission Entry 1pm.

Wine & Beer

Spirits

Celebrity Appearances

Fred Minnick

Wall Street Journal-Bestselling Author and World’s Foremost Bourbon Authority
Upon returning home from the Iraq War in 2005, Fred Minnick has lived one of the most extraordinary lives, becoming the world’s leading whiskey critic and an iconic storyteller who practices the lost art of no bullshit interviewing with flares of dry wit and sardonic humor. Billionaires, politicians, celebrities and regular folk fly into Louisville, KY., Fred’s home, just to have drinks with the man who is considered the “Face of Bourbon.” Drinking with Fred, even on streaming media, is an experience you never forget.

Minnick has assessed contestant drinks on Bravo's "Top Chef," and appeared on Discovery's "Moonshiners," CNBC, CBS This Morning, NPR and more. He is the host of PodcastOne’s Hermes Creative Awards Platinum winning podcast The Fred Minnick Show, as well as the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast and DASH Radio's "Minnick Minute.” Minnick is also the author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Bourbon Curious, ForeWord INDIES' Gold Medal winner Whiskey Women, which was options by Paramour Films, and Spirited Awards' World's Best Spirits Book winner Bourbon.

Ian Somerhalder

Known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost, Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, and Dr. Luther Swann in Netflix's sci-fi horror series V Wars.

Somerhalder with his former The Vampire Diaries co-star Paul Wesley, in 2020, they announced the launch of a straight bourbon whiskey named Brother's Bond Bourbon.

In June 2009, Somerhalder was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW's highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest-rated series on its channel with both his performance and the show receiving a positive response from critics. He began directing The Vampire Diaries in its third season and produced the series at the start of season 8. He has received several Teen Choice Award's and a People's Choice Award for his participation on the series.

Photo Credit: Dean Bradshaw, Forbes Magazine

Neil Giraldo

Neil is a professional musician, producer, and film composer with over four decades of experience. A songwriter with a back catalog of more than 100 songs and more than 45 million records sold, he has worked with some of the greatest artists in the music industry, including Rick Derringer, Pat Benatar, John Waite, Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, and Beth Hart. His work has produced many Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning hits, and he holds the distinction of being the first guitar player appearing on MTV. Today, he continues to expand his creative portfolio: in addition to writing new songs for stage and screen, he is writing screenplays for feature films, touring, and reaching out into the community to work with musicians young and old.

Music is in the DNA of Three Chord Bourbon. It was created to celebrate music, the people who make it, and all of us who love it. It honors those who make music. The journeymen and women who create and play for the love of it.Three Chord Bourbon was designed to be a flavorful, easy drinking and mixing spirit, perfect for enjoying with friends. It’s made to remind those who drink it of the power of music to bring us together, and to appreciate the simple pleasure of a “great tune”. Those moments are worth treasuring.

Cocktail Week

SEPTEMBER 4-10

7 Days. $10 cocktails.

Cocktail Week will feature celebrity branded spirits in unique cocktails from your favorite local spots. The week will kick off the first ever Celebrity Wine & Spirits Festival! Join us for seven days of cocktails at Bend’s favorite local watering holes.

VIP Tastings & Seminars

VIP Tasting Ticket – $100

All the benefits of the regular tasting entry, plus exclusive early beverage sampling, access to a VIP lounge and private Q&A session with Fred Minnick.

Early VIP Entry at noon.

Add-on Seminars & Programs

Available add-on with a Tasting or VIP Tasting ticket entry only. 

1:30pm: $50 – Ian Somerholder (capacity 50)

2:15pm: $50 – Neil Giraldo (capacity 50)

3:00pm: $50 – Fred Minnick (capacity 50)

Our Host: Bendistillery, home of Crater Lake Spirits

Proudly Uncool. Unbelievably Good.

Crater Lake remains the choice for originals and taste connoisseurs since 1996; we’re basically vintage.
So let’s toast to timeless spirits, authentic experiences, and unpretentious pours

Music & Artisans

 

 

 

 

Mikey is a Fingerstyle Guitar player based out of Bend Oregon

My ‘professional’ turning point as a musician took place in Santa Cruz California.  I gained a lot of traction busking in Santa Cruz and playing at Farmers’ Markets around the Bay area.  After a few tours throughout the Pacific Northwest, I decided to relocate to Bend, Oregon for a long list of good reasons.  These days, I can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest and still frequent Santa Cruz.  I’m always happy to play for an engaged audience.

 I have to thank my good friend and musical mentor Josh Cohen for converting me from a hobbyist to what I am today. Be sure to click on his name and check him out.  Josh also turned me on to the music of Charlie Hunter and effectively introduced me to the Hybrid Guitar.

 

 

 

 

Guitarist Matthew Gwinup is a lifelong musician who brings together modern and traditional styles into a virtuosic musical experience. From classical guitar works to the Beatles, his repertoire has something for everyone  – Classical guitar, modern fingerstyle, rock and roll, folk, blues, and jazz.

Matthew is a regular performer in many of central Oregon’s iconic music venues, including the Tower Theater, where he opened for Grammy-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, and the Montreal Guitar Trio. He is a seasoned performer, and has played in a variety of settings, including concert halls, theatrical productions, brewpubs, weddings and private parties, and in many outdoor locations such as Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and more! He is also a founding member of Five Pint Mary, the Oregon Guitar Trio, and Toothpick Shaker.

Brandon Campbell grew up in Orange County, California and began playing the guitar at age 15. A decade later he moved to Hollywood, CA and in 1998 founded the “The Graveyard Farmers”. The band successfully combined Rockabilly, Blues, Punk, late-night horror, and opened for such luminaries as Link Wray, The Blasters, The Damned, The Stray Cats, L7, The Knitters, and Exene Cervenka. His songs from that project have appeared in such films as “The Hillside Strangler”, “Liars’ Poker’, “Haunting Desires”, “The Lair”, and “Bikini Frankenstein”. In 2002, famous burlesque star Dita Von Teese volunteered and starred in their video “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye”.

Shortly after dissolving The Graveyard Farmers and relocating to a remote mountain town north of Los Angeles, Campbell began delving into the music of Gypsy Swing and the guitarist Django Reinhardt. With his penchant for mystery and the macabre, Brandon began forming his own take on the style, attempting to create something that could be beautiful and passionate, yet still flirt with darkness and occasional humor.

In 2010, Brandon released the album “Ten from the Galley” which contained nine of his original compositions that he recorded in his home studio, playing all of the instruments himself. 

Brandon Campbell’s latest album, “Mishap in the Foyer”, was released in October 2018 and contains ten more of his original instrumental compositions. Again, Campbell recorded in complete isolation and played all of the instruments himself including two that he built – a cardboard upright bass, and the “Clairvoyachord”.

The Brandon Campbell Trio are:

Brandon Campbell  – Guitar
Brian Hickey  – Upright Bass
Mark Evans – Tenor Guitar

Elise Franklin, Jon Bourke and MacKenzie Hatfield are Pretty Foot Brown.  All first generation jazz players, this group mixes their playlist of jazz, soul and R&B, with a Pretty Foot down in each camp, including tunes from artists including Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, Jobim, Cole Porter, . This distinctly guitar and vocal forward approach rings fresh with each tune.

The Finest Creators and Purveyors of Central Oregon

Local products that pair best with wine and spirits. Nibble, taste and chat the day away with some of the finest creators, makers and artisans in Central Oregon.

Where to Stay

Book a stay with one of our exclusive lodging partners and receive FREE tickets to the Celebrity Wine & Spirits Festival. 

More lodging partners coming soon!

Our Host is Seventh Mountain Resort

Located on the edge of Bend, Oregon, Seventh Mountain Resort is your winter and summer outdoor adventure destination in sunny Central Oregon. Located on the Cascade Lakes Highway the resort is closest lodging to Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes NF.

Seventh Mountain is Central Oregon’s premier location for recreational activities, from Rafting Big Eddy, Stand Up Paddle boarding, floating the river, hiking, and mountain biking in summer, to ice skating and skiing in the winter. Your stay here will have you encircled by pondorosa pines, mountain peaks, rivers, adventure, breweries, festivals, family fun, shopping and more.

Juniper Preserve

Set on 640 acres amidst Central Oregon’s centuries-old juniper forest, Juniper Preserve is the perfect destination for reconnection and inspiration.

Our luxury accommodations include a variety of lodge guest rooms and vacation rental accommodations. Unwind with our new wellness offerings and classes or indulge with a rejuvenating massage at the Juniper Spa. Enjoy a round of golf on one of our nationally-acclaimed Pronghorn Club Golf courses, which have emerged as a bucket-list destination for golfers of all levels. Located 20 minutes from downtown Bend, Juniper Preserve is close to everything but feels worlds away.

Eagle Crest Resort

Eagle Crest Resort is an established Resort and Conference Center nestled among a mature Juniper forest and features 1½ miles of river frontage on the scenic Deschutes River. Panoramic vistas of the Cascade Mountains are visible throughout the Resort and a wide range of lodging options are available, including; the 100-room Lodge as well as vacation rental units.

Lodging rates include each of the following amenities:
On site shuttle service
Use of all three of our sports center facilities and swimming pools
Use of the business center located in the hotel
Complimentary WI-FI in hotel rooms, vacation rentals, and conference center
Reduced golf and spa rates for lodging guests

SCP Redmond Hotel

WELCOME TO SCP REDMOND

Next-level wellness amenities, field-to-fork dining, proximity to natural landmarks, and an emphasis on locally sourced goods - welcome to Soul Community Planet. And we are taking our sustainability efforts to the next level, we are proudly now EarthCheck Bronze certified.

Element Bend

Taking inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us, our hotel was built with environmental sustainability and guest well-being in mind. You'll enjoy the efficient and flowing design that maximizes space in our guest rooms and public areas. Each of our suites at our extended stay hotel in Bend Oregon has a full kitchen to ensure convenience whether it's just for you or your family.

Your furry friends are more than welcome in our pet-friendly hotel. Wake up every morning to our Rise complimentary breakfast in Bend. Explore downtown Bend or the Old Mill District and enjoy the character-filled local breweries, shops, and restaurants, then relax in our indoor pool and hot tub. When looking for the best places to stay in Bend Oregon, always choose Element Bend by Westin

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