February 17, 2018


Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
VIP Bacon & Whole Hog Session Noon - 6pm
Regular Session 2pm - 6pm

(Last call 5:30)


This is the original. This is the one that started it all…there are no substitutes. Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin' and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.


What's Smoking ...
  • All guests receive a Souvenir Glass For Tastings.
  • All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are over 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
  • BIG  VIP AREA… on The Mezzanine and stocked full of specialty tastes and lots of local restaurants showing off their BBQ and bacon dishes.
  • The first 200 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE BBBQ” Bag  to celebrate the show.
  • GAMING AREA with Giant Jenga, and Cornhole and More!
  • The Shrine of Swine!  Enjoy Whole hogs every hour and worship the Pork Gods!


  • BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixin’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
  • Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South.
  • Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage
  • Enjoy the Great Contests on the Main Stage: Tampa's Best Beer Belly Competition and the Daisy Dukes & Boots Contest
  • Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces, bbq accessories for all guests.
  • Stop by the Jameson IPA Beer Garden for your novelty shot glass.




$75 Advance VIP Bacon & Whole Hog Session   


Valid Saturday 12–6pm. In addition to the all of the features above, the VIP Bacon and Whole Hog Session offers an exclusive tasting experience in the VIP Area (VIP Area closes at 5pm). Each guest will enjoy 10+ Tasting Stations featuring great dishes from local restaurants serving up their favorites from Noon-2pm. Other benefits include 2 extra hours of sampling & much more. Last year's restaurants include:


$39 Advance Regular Admission Session   
Valid Saturday 2pm – 6pmIncludes a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all live entertainment.

$25 Advance & Onsite Designated Driver Admission NOT AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE, YOU MUST PURCHASE THIS TICKET ON-SITE Valid during any Saturday session. Includes admission into the event only. This ticket does not allow access to the VIP area. 


KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE. This event is not designed for children. They are welcome but you will find very little of interest to them.


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