The 2019 Bacon and Bourbon Fest Takes Over the Flats This Weekend


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Bourbon and bacon may be a match made in heaven. And at the 2019 Bourbon and Bacon Fest, hitting up the Flats East Bank on Saturday, those smoky and salty flavors are coming together for a free event.

Attendees can taste up to 30 bourbons, which will be paired with specialty bacon dishes made by eight different restaurants. High-energy rock bands such as the Stamper Bearcat Band and Rock the House Live will also be on hand to help smoothly wash down those snacks and beverages.

Though the event is free to get in, only ticket holders can receive a souvenir cup and participate in the official tastings and seminars. These courses — Maker’s Mark dippings, a Basil Hayden education, and sampling and a Bourbon Legends education class — begin at noon and cost $20 to $25 per person.

The event as a whole runs from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55 for regular admission and $65 for VIP, which gives you an hour head start at sampling, something you might need since these bourbons may run out. Note that area bars and restaurants will remain open for the entire festival. Designated drivers are absolutely recommended.

Visit to buy tickets and see the Facebook event for more information.

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