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

There are also artisans, plus a kids’ area filled with fun family-centric activities. 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

Tickets coming soon!

Tasting Times: 2pm to 6pm 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 $40, 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 Sampled in 2017:

American Born Whiskey (Indiana)

  • Bourbon
  • Peach Whiskey
  • Apple Whiskey

Belle Meade Bourbon (Nashville, TN)

  • XO Finish
  • Madeira Finish
  • Sherry Finish

Bird Dog Whiskey (Bowling Green, KY)   

  • Bird Dog Small Batch Bourbon
  • Bird Dog Bourbon
  • Bird Dog 10 Year

Brown-Forman (Louisville, KY)

  • 1920 Prohibition Style – Old Forester
  • Old Forester Statesman
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

CH Distillery (Chicago, IL) 

  • Bourbon
  • Canadian Whiskey

Chicago Distilling Company (Chicago, IL)

  • Blind Tiger Bourbon
  • Blind Tiger Rye
  • Rauch Single Malt
  • American Brown Ale Single Malt

FEW Spirits (Evanston, IL)

  • Bourbon
  • Rye
  • Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

Jim Beam – Premium (Clermont, KY)

  • Jim Beam Double Oaked
  • Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Jim Beam Bonded
  • Jim Beam Black

Jim Beam – Small Batch (Clermont, KY)

  • Baker's Bourbon
  • Booker's Bourbon
  • Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey
  • Basil Hayden's

J Henry & Sons (Dane, WI)

  • Bellefontaine Reserve
  • Cask Strength Patton Road
  • 5 Year Bourbon

Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, MI)

  • Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey
  • Featherbone Bourbon
  • Silver Cross Whiskey
  • Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey

KOVAL Distillery (Chicago)

  • Rye
  • Bourbon
  • Four Grain

Luxco (St. Louis, MO)

  • David Nicholson Bourbon Reserve
  • David Nicholson 1843 Bourbon
  • Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Rye
  • Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Minor Case Whiskey Straight
  • Rebel Yell® Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Rebel Yell® Small Batch Rye
  • Yellowstone Select Bourbon

Maker’s Mark (Loretto, KY)

  • Maker’s Mark
  • Maker's 46 Bourbon

Oppidan Spirits (Wheeling, IL)

  • Solera Bourbon Whiskey
  • Malted Rye Whiskey

Rabbit Hole Distilling (Louisville, KY)

  • Bourbon
  • Rye
  • Sherry Finished Bourbon

Sazerac Company (Louisiana)

  • 1792 Bourbon
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr

Virginia Distillery Company (Lovingston, VA)

  • Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Batch 5

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (DeKalb, IL)

  • Bourbon
  • Rye

Yellow Rose Distilling (Houston, TX)

  • Single Malt
  • American Whiskey
  • Rye
  • Bourbon

Aged and Infused

  • Bourbon Infusion Kits

2017 Barbecue Vendors

2018 vendors coming soon!

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.

Bill's Grill 
This popular East Chicago, Ind.-based  food truck was founded by executive chef and owner Bill Hazel who has been cooking up a storm from a young age. He's an ex-truck driver and musician turned ribs aficionado. Beyond slabs, expect saucy chicken to be on Bill's fest menu.

CheSa's Gluten Tootin' Free Food Truck
No surprise given the name! This 100% gluten-free food truck was launched by Chesareé Rollins in 2016 when she felt a void existed for her special dietary needs. She offers several kale-based plates including with chicken and shrimp, plus mushroom and beef dishes. Expect to be intrigued with what she offers from her bright pink truck.

Cuba 312
This popular Roscoe Village mainstay offers a modern twist on Cuban-American cuisine. It's a family-friendly place with everything from sandwiches, beans, rice and empanadas to full-on island specialties including several topped with tasty sauces perfect for Bourbon & Barbecue Fest.

Luella's Southern Kitchen
Traditional Southern favorites are served at this non-pretentious Lincoln Square restaurant. Most every main dish offering on the menu has an exotic punch of spices, seasonings or sauces that perfectly complement Luella's home-cooked friendliness and reputation for great food.

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.

Real Urban BBQ
With four suburban Chicago locations, owner Jeff Shapiro has won accolades for bringing his passion for Southern foods to the Midwest. A menu that includes traditional salads, sides, soups and sandwiches is topped off with Real Urban's extensive offerings of sauce-smothered pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and  mouth-watering ribs.


12:45pm - Chi Town Soul Band
2:45pm - Aryk Crowder Band
4:30pm - The Congregation
6:15pm - Soul Sensation
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