Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

Chris Blandford

Host, Bourbon and Beyond 

Chris Blandford, Kroger’s Wine and Spirits Expert, has over 20 years’ experience in the retail industry. Throughout his career he has honed his palette and developed a passion for spirits, wine, beer and has made it his mission to share that knowledge with others. He is focused on making the industry more accessible and affordable for wine and spirits lovers everywhere. Chris has also dedicated himself to giving back to those in need by raising over $1 million for charities across the country, including Feeding America, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and The Fight Foundation. He also co-founded and curates The Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger. Chris was recognized by Progressive Grocer with the Next Gen Award and honored with the Kentucky Colonel in 2021.  Chris is a Certified Cicerone Beer Server and Executive Bourbon Steward. In 2022, he was named the Curator of Bourbon for the culinary music festival Bourbon and Beyond and has made numerous television, radio, and podcast appearances.