Bacon – Pronunciation [bey-kuhn] – the back and sides of the hog, salted, and dried or smoked, usually sliced thin and fried for food. Back for its eighth year, the Keystone Bacon and Bourbon Festival has established itself as a “don’t miss” event of the Colorado summer. Whether you’re a bacon enthusiast
or the loved one of a bacon connoisseur, this event is for you. With thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired cuisine at your fingertips, you won’t want to miss this weekend-long celebration of bacon. Along with bacon cuisine you’ll enjoy free live music, past performers include One Flew West, Panda’s and People, Coaltown Reunion, Mike Clark & The Sugar Sounds, and Hell’s Belles. The Bacon Bloody Mary’s are always a hit and you need to try the cucumber vodka lemonade with your bacon cuisine! Back this year is the festival’s Jim Beam Bourbon Tour. With the purchase of the “Hungry Hog” package, you get to experience a variety of bourbon’s and whiskeys that are sure to delight the palate. To quote the BRBT organizers, “Much like the Crusaders revolutionized the lives of Europeans by introducing a large variety of spices from the East, the Bacon and Bourbon Festival travels to places like Colorado to transform the lives of bacon lovers by introducing a variety of bacons and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world. Of course, we like to do all this while tossing back a few cold beers and bourbon.” OH Bacon…Be there!
Jim Beam Bourbon Tour:
With the purchase of the “Hungry Hog” package, you get to experience a variety of whiskeys that are sure to delight the palate. Taste bourbon’s and whiskey’s distilled here in Colorado and beyond, past Jim Beam Bourbon Tour participants include Jim Beam, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, Bird Dog Whiskey, High West Distillery and Breckenridge Distillery.
Past Keystone Bacon and Bourbon Festival Bacon Purveyors:
Berkwood Farms, Des Moines Bacon Company, Farmland
Bacon Education Center at Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre:
Many will agree that bacon is the "Gateway Meat", but what else is there to learn? According to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Organizers, lots. The Bacon Education Center is the only educational experience of its kind, providing instruction in bacon fellowship, bacon preparation, bacon processing and bourbon 101. The top enthusiasts in the industry share their knowledge, passion and tips on taking everything they know about bacon and bourbon. Earn your certified, Bacon Diploma and become a highly esteemed scholar and member of the Bacon and Bourbon Festival community! FREE to all participants. “Enroll” at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre prior to each session.