Photos: 2014 Philadelphia Whiskey Festival & Woodford Reserve Cocktail Competition on October 23, 2014

Thursday night, Philadelphia magazine hosted the 2014 Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival
at Lincoln Financial Field. 
Guests at “whiskeyfest” enjoyed spirits
from nearly 100 vendors, cuisine from local steakhouses and restaurants,
and the annual Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktail competition was
 Contests Judges: Jason Parsons, Jason Sheehan, Arthur Etchells and Chris Chamberlain of Capital Wine & Spirits

The rules included creating an original Woodford Reserve Cocktail that showcases the flavor
profile of Woodford Reserve and that you would proudly serve to guests
in your own bar, then provide your ‘ideal’ recipe for the classic
Manhattan cocktail including the way you would serve it to guests.
 Bartender Daniel Kulisek, Square 1682 with a Woodford Reserve, Broadway Gibb. His bio says he’s a rock star with the gift of gab.
 Bartender Robert Caskey of Barclay Prime with a Woodford Reserve Manhattan.
 Bartender George Rielly of The Twisted Tail with a Woodford Reserve Manhattan.

  Bartenders competing in the Woodford Whiskey Contest: Daniel Kulisek, Square 1682, Nate Churchill, Bartender at Sbraga Restaurant, Vice President at United States Bartenders Guild, PA and Frank Fontaine from Lancaster’s Aussie & The Fox.

And The Winners Are:
Ben Hash (Winner of the People’s Choice), Chris Chamberlain, and Frank Fontaine (Winner of the Judges Choice.)
  Jim Beam Kentucky Fire representatives.
 Ex Eagles player Tra Thomas and James Gambino.
 Musician and Chef Eddie Berner, Vyktorya McLaughlin, and Dino Minelli.
 Smirnoff 80s girls.
 Rich Frankel, Scott Lustgarden President of Martin Dealership Group, and David Lipson of  Philadelphia Magazine.
 Marcela Poueda with the Infiniti QX80.
 Matt Lipson, Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia from Birds 24/7 Blog.
 Joan Phillips and Tara Lassiter.
 Sean Coyne and Colleen Garvin.

Rob Razzi, Lauren Weindel, Heidi Grau, and Kevin Kleinschmidt.