Date: Saturday, September 08 - Sunday, September 09
Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Belmont and Damen, Roscoe Village
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Address: 2000 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

Southern hospitality meets Midwest outdoor fun!

Smoked meats and barrel-aged bourbon whiskeys take the spotlight when the post-Labor Day happening that is Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest returns for its second finger-lickin’ year to the heart of the Roscoe Village neighborhood.

Beyond ticketed afternoon bourbon tastings and plenty of mouth-watering chicken, ribs (and more), there are also one stage of soulful music.

The bottomline? Chicago’s 2nd annual Bourbon & Barbecue Fest promises something for every food, music and distilled spirits taste!

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Bourbon Tasting Tickets

Eventbrite - Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival- Bourbon Tasting

Tasting Times: 1pm to 4pm AND 5pm to 8pm Daily

The phenomenal rise in the popularity of bourbon whiskey is the driver behind this event. The bourbon tasting pavilion is the event’s central attraction – offering more than 20 types of bourbon for tasting – creating what is best described as a ‘flavor extravaganza’.

Included in this tasting are ‘High Corn’ bourbons, ‘High Rye’ bourbons, ‘Cask Strength’ bourbons, ‘Wheaters’ and of course ‘ Sour Mash’ bourbons. This tasting pavilion is rightly called a ‘bourbon lovers paradise’, and is the only one of its kind in the city.

For $35, the Bourbon Tasting ticket will include 12 sampling tickets.

New to bourbons?  Or don't think you can handle 12 samples?  Try the mini sampler of (4) tickets for only $16!  

There is no better food companion to bourbon than barbecue – and this festival does not disappoint.


What's We're Sampling:

Ballotin Bourbon
Blaum Brothers
Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare
EH Taylor Small Batch
Elijah Craig
Evan Williams
George Remus Bourbon
Henry McKenna
High West
HillBilly Bourbon
Hudson Bourbon
Not Your Father's Bourbon
Old Elk
Sazerac Rye
Stagg Jr
Uncle Nearest
Weller Special Reserve
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
Widow Jane

2018 Barbecue Vendors

Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ
Owner/founder Paul "Aussom Aussie" MacKay has been cooking up a storm since 1988 with unique recipes that include his tasty fruit-based barbeque sauce. In addition to their native Australia, Aussom Aussie has won more than 350 awards for Best BBQ at food events in the U.S. and Canada. And yep, mate, the company is indeed based in Sydney with a stateside outpost in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Austin's Texas Lightning BBQ
This serious ribber has been around for years and is a popular staple on the national food festival scene. From Nevada and Ohio to Minnesota and Illinois, Texas Lightning's slabs have won legions of fans as well as numerous "best ribs" awards.

BBQ King Smokehouse
BBQ King was founded by  two guys who love to cook. In the past decade they have expanded their Woodstock, Ill., home to offer a saucy menu of smoked meats as well as sandwiches at both their restaurant and popular catering business. The restaurant is welcoming. Their food is tenderly cooked for hours. And BBQ King's customers swear it's the best they've ever tasted.

Blowin' Smoque BBQ
Founded by a husband and wife team in 2017 in Chicago's south suburbs, the couple have already won legions of fans as well as several awards for what they call their "creative twist" on chicken, ribs and turkey. Their longtime passion for smoked meats will definitely be a treat for Bourbon & Barbecue Fest visitors.

Main Street Grill
Located on Southport near Irving Park, Main Street offers a solid array of dishes from sandwiches and crab cakes to their popular chicken, steak and pork tenderloin kabobs that they will be serving up at the fest.

Rancho Mateo, Chicago 
This southwest side mainstay is best known for its spicy sauces on whatever they barbecue on their always eye-catching teepee-shaped grill.

Tandoor Char House
Expect something exceptional with this Bourbon & BBQ vendor. Located on Halsted near Wrightwood in Lincoln Park, brothers Fahim and Faraz Sarharia take great pride in the food of their parents who hail from India and Pakistan. As for their unique smoked meats, visitors will delight in a seasoned taste sensation like no other.


12:45pm - Chi Town Soul Band
2:45pm - Aryk Crowder Band
4:30pm - The Congregation
6:15pm - Soul Spectacular!!!
8:15pm - Lynne Jordan & The Shivers
12:45pm - Chi Town Soul Band
2:30pm - The Funk Crusaders
4:15pm - R. Gang
6:00pm - T.L. Williams
8:00pm - One Night Band

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Vendor Opportunities

Scroll down to apply online (don't forget to choose the correct application!).  Applying online is a convenient and easy way to participate in this event.  Paper applications are available at the end.

Paper Applications:
Food Truck
Side Dish and/or Dessert