It’s official: I will travel to New York to attend the 2011 WhiskyFest on the First of November – unless some unexpected events will force me to back out.
So far I just got my VIP ticket, it is not decided yet when I will arrive and how long I will stay. I will combine the trip with the obvious NYC sightseeing and may also meet some friends.
I was in the US only once before, and that will be fifteen years ago in 2011. Apart from a week in New York City, fate had actually led me right down to Kentucky, but this was way before I got interested in whisky. What a pity. So I’m looking forward to crossing the pond again, this time for the praise of the spirits.
And before anybody is asking: This is not a sponsored trip! I paid for the ticket with my own hard earned money, and I am prepared to do so as well when it comes to booking flights and accomodation.
All right then, but is it worth the Money?
Even with the Early Bird discount, $170 for a festival ticket is pretty steep. Should I try to calculate an average dram price based on my dramming stamina over a four hour period? Better not. Chances are that I might never get my money’s worth in whisky while still being able to leave the premises on my own legs.
But apart from the fact a free choice of master classes is included in the ticket price as well as beverages and food (purportedly of high quality and in sufficient quantity), an event like this should give you the chance to meet people you might not have the chance to see again very soon, especially when it is taking place on a different continent.
A decent opera ticket in conjunction with a nice dinner would set you back about the same, so from this viewpoint – if the event is able to deliver what it promises – I don’t think it is overpriced. I would hesitate to factor in travel costs though. Sooner or later I would have set out for a journey to the most amazing city of the universe anyway.