The Bourbon and Barbecue Festival


Written by Dustin Ford.

If you just couldn’t get enough barbeque and booze from Labor Day, then you are in luck. Chicago’s Bourbon and Barbeque Festival will return to Roscoe Village from 12:00 PM on September 14th to 10 PM on September 15th.  This event promises to bring you some of Chicago’s finest smoked meats and aged drinks all under one roof. The festival will be held at 2000 West Roscoe Street, and it will take up several storefronts.

Some might call this a celebration of wood. We celebrate the fine hardwoods that slowly smoke the food and we celebrate the wooden barrels that age the bourbon for years. You can expect the vendors to supply plenty of ribs, chicken wings, cornbread, drumsticks, brisket, pulled pork, and barbeque sauces as far as the eye can see! Just imagine southern hospitality in the streets of Chicago.

There are plenty of different bourbon vendors in attendance, such as Driftless Glen Distilleries, George Remus, and Rossville Union. There are bourbon tastings each day from 1 pm to 7 pm. For $35 you get your choice of 12 different bourbons. If you don’t feel like drinking much you can opt-in for the mini sampler, which is $16 for 4 different samples of your choosing.

As you might come to imagine, there will be lots of things to do at this festival. There will be live music from bands such as Ultrabeat, Sixteen Candles Band, Gone Country, Friday Pilots Club, and Brass Buckle Band. There also plenty of fun activities for families with children to enjoy. This festival might be bourbon-themed, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any non-alcoholic refreshments.  However, nothing beats barbeque and bourbon!

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