BOURBON DAYS: Scott Steenson, of Guardian Funerals, Dan Murphy’s Doug Murdoch and Sarah.
BOURBON DAYS: Scott Steenson, of Guardian Funerals, Dan Murphy’s Doug Murdoch and Sarah. Melissa Gulbin

Bourbon workshop at Ballina festival

ASK for Coke with your bourbon during this year's Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival at your own peril.

Dan Murphy's is doing a bourbon workshop next month with a prohibition-era flavour.

Customer experience manager Steve Dansey said: "We are also showing a different selection of international wine.

"There's not a lot of places you can go where you'll get that amount of grape variety."

Dan Murphy's Doug Murdoch explained why Australians have a taste for bourbon at the moment.

"There is a whole new world of bourbons out there (now)," he said. "We are finding that more and more people are buying bourbon as a sipper, rather than mixing with Coke.

"We sell a bourbon which is infused with candy so it is like the old days during prohibition - back when the bourbon was very, very rough so they used to sit there at the bar and eat rock candy with it.

"So it's bitter sweet flavour. It's more of a sipper than a mixer."

The wine and food festival is organised by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond and held from July 1-3.

Scott Steenson, manager at Guardian Funerals and sponsor said: "It's a great community event. Last year it attracted over 10,000, so it's the biggest event in Ballina Shire.

"We are proud to be part of it and support the event."


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