ESX 2023 is in Louisville, Kentucky – Home to the World’s Only Urban Bourbon Experience. It’s a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, and quirkiness with friendliness in a way that is completely unique to the region. It features a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues, and a renowned culinary scene, making it the perfect destination for ESX 2023.
Iconic Louisville Attractions
With more than 120 attractions Louisville has something for everyone to see and do. The iconic Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum pay homage to the thoroughbred horse – a hallmark of what makes Kentucky so special. The bat of most major league baseball teams is made at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating steamboat still in existence. Plus, Louisville’s native son, Muhammad Ali, is now remembered with a self-guided tour of “Ali’s Footsteps of Greatness.”
Another hallmark of Kentucky – Bourbon – has taken center stage as a “must do” when visiting the city. The Urban Bourbon Experience is comprised of more than ten distilleries that are open for public tours and tastings. The Urban Bourbon Trail boasts over 35 bars and restaurants with more than 60 bourbons and bourbon-inspired culinary delights – so download the passport, collect your stamps, and enjoy a special prize at the end.
If the arts are more to your liking, Louisville is one of only a handful of U.S. cities with a professional full-time orchestra, opera, ballet, children’s theatre, dinner theatre, and Broadway Series. The Speed Art Museum and the KMAC both showcase the visual arts in their own stunning spaces. These, plus a zoo, amusement park, breweries, historic homes, confectionaries, parks, and music festivals comprise the fabric of Louisville’s cultural scene.
Taste Louisville’s Culinary Scene
A culinary adventure in Louisville takes you deep into the heart of the Bourbon Country Lifestyle. But Bourbon isn’t the only star of the menu. Local chefs are taking traditional regional Southern dishes and putting their own unique twists on them, making Louisville the epicenter for “New Southern Cuisine”. Of course, you’ll need to learn the local food language of treats like: Benedictine, Burgoo, Modjeskas, and the Hot Brown. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Places to Stay During ESX 2023
There are plenty of official Electronic Security Expo hotels to choose from. Be sure to reserve your hotel room ahead of time, as hotel rooms are in limited supply. All ESX official hotels are conveniently within walking distance of ESX. Deadline to book all hotels: Monday, May 15, 2023