Bacon & Bourbon Music Fest
Saturday, October 1, 2022
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
NOTE: *11:00 am entry for Chalet Tix, Early Bird Indiv Tix, Sponsor Tables & Small Business Sponsors.
Windsor Castle Park,
21 & up only. No infants/pets.
For more info on release dates, differences in ticket types, prices, event details, please see our FAQ's & INFO boxes on this page.
For info on Private Party Chalets, Tables and Small Business Sponsorship for any festival, please see drop downs under the Festival Tab.
Early Bird Tickets
Buy early & get early entry with early tastings at 11AM thru VIP Gates.
On Sale starting July 1 to Sept 1, 2022
(or until sold out)
$100 - Non-Bourbon Tix (Beer tastings only)
$125 - Bourbon Tix (Bourbon & Beer Tastings)
General Admit Tix
$60 - Non-Bourbon Tix (Beer Tastings only)
$85 - Bourbon Tix (Bourbon & Beer Tastings)
$580 - Non-Sponsor Table for Eight
On sale at two releases:
Wed, July 27, 2022 at 7AM
Thur, July 28, 2022 at 7PM
Over (60) organizations that support our community! Last year's festival donated over $73,000!
Click below to see bourbons at the 2021 festival.
Preliminary 2022 Bourbon List will be available by July.
FAQ's & Info:
for Bacon & Bourbon Fest
Ticket TYPES, PRICING & release dates:
Early Bird Tickets:
Entry thru VIP Gate an hour early at 11:00 am.
Purchase on-line or if need assistance call 757-869-0664 M-F, 10-4:00 pm.
$100 - Early Bird Non-Bourbon Ticket
$125 - Early Bird Bourbon Ticket
Perks with Early Bird Tickets:
General Admission Tickets & Non-Sponsor Tables & How to get a DD Tix:
Noon entry thru Main Gate.
Go on sale at two releases on line only:
$60 - Non-Bourbon Tix - General Admit
$85 - Bourbon Tix - General Admit
$580 - Non-Sponsor Table, come with (8) General Admit Non-Bourbon Tix. Can upgrade any tix to bourbon for $25. Location preference is taken, but not guaranteed. Sponsor tables have first choice on location.
Location choices are: Amphitheater Stage, Brew Stage or Manor House Lawn Stage.
$30 - Designated Driver Tix - sold day of event at the Will Call Booth starting at 11:00 am. Available even if event is sold out. CASH ONLY. Still must be 21 & up. ID Required. DD Ticket includes entry into the event, bacon ticket & trip thru bacon condiment bar. May not consume alcohol or participate in tastings.
what Do tix include?
Bourbon Ticket Upgrade includes everything that Non-Bourbon Tix has PLUS:
Non-Bourbon Ticket includes:
(Bourbon Tix also includes all of these also)
Designated Driver Tickets: available day of event at the Will Call Booth. $30 CASH ONLY. Includes Bacon & Bacon Condiment Bar. Even if event is sold out, DD Tix are always available. May not drink alcohol or participate in tastings. Still must be 21 & up.
How do bourbon tastings work?
Early Entry Tastings Tickets:
Includes Early Bird Tix, Chalet Tix & Sponsor Tickets only)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Regular Tastings Hours:
General Admission Tickets and Non-Sponsor Tables:
Noon - 4:00 pm
If you purchased the Bourbon Ticket, you will get a special wristband with (10) tabs on it when you enter the gate. You also get a pretty cool souvenir tasting glass to use for both your Bourbon or Brew tastings. You can redeem these tabs at the Bourbon Tasting Stations. There are ten stations with a total of 60-70 high-end, small batch or interesting bourbons to choose from. We also offer some of the trendy flavored bourbons/whiskeys, along with featuring some VA Distilleries.
Located in-front of the Bourbon Stations, is the Bourbon Info Tent and Bourbon Ice Station. There are some Bourbon Hosts on hand to assist you if you have questions. You can also stop by the info tent and pick up a bourbon info card. It lists which bourbon are at each station and some small pencils for you to use to mark/track your favorites.
We do provided complimentary small cups of ice to folks with bourbon wristbands if you want to pop a piece in your tasting glass. We don't provide mixers, nor do we sell additional bourbon at the event. It is just a tasting event. If you want a full cup of ice and a soda, to mix your bourbon with, you can purchase those from the Water/Soda booths.
Some bourbons will run out before others, so check out what is available and make a plan to taste the hard to get ones first! Some types we have lots of, others that are hard to get, may only have a few bottles and they will run out early. You can do "double pours" by turning in two of your tabs, for some of the bourbons, but if we have limited supplies on a specific bourbon you can get a single pour.
Don't forget - you get the VA Brew Tastings also - just take your bourbon tasting glass over to the Brew Village and sample some of the hottest VA Breweries around.
Additional Food, Brew & Wine are for sale at the event. When you come thru the gate, you will also get a souvenir stadium cup. You will use it when you purchase a cup of beer.
Brew Tastings, Brews & Wine:
Some of the hottest Virginia Craft Breweries will be at the fest, featuring over (40) brews for you to sample or purchase by the cup or growler. All Ticket holders, both Bourbon Tickets and Non-Bourbon Tickets get to sample the VA Brews. Scroll down to see list of featured breweries. Bud Light is also available for purchase.
Tastings: When you enter the fest you will receive a small brew tasting glass. Take it to any of our featured breweries and sample as many brews as you like. Rinse Stations are available. If you got a bourbon tasting glass you can use that for brew tastings as well.
Purchase Brew: You will also get a stadium cup when you enter the fest. So, hit up the drink ticket booth, buy your beer tickets and head on over to the brew tents with your stadium cup or if you prefer we can give you a disposable cup.
We sell VA Brews and Bud Light & Michelob Ultra by the cup or by the SVAEvents Growler (we only honor our SVAEvents logoed Growler!) You can bring one of our growlers you bought at one of our other events, or we will have them for sale at the drink ticket booth the day of the event. Drink tix booth takes cash or credit cards. There also is an ATM on site.
We do have a few "wandering drink tix sellers" walking around the site, they take cash only.
Bud Light & Michelob Ultra:
For the non-craft brew drinker, we do offer Bud Light & Michelob Ultra for purchase by the cup or SVAE growler. Located at a booth in the Brew Village. No tastings.
Drink Tickets & Growlers:
For Brews you need to visit the Drink Ticket Booth first and purchase drink tickets. You can also purchase a SVAE Growler here also.
Breweries for the 2022 event will be available in mid-July.
Bud Light/Mich Ultra (no tastings)
A nice selection of wines are available for purchase by the glass or the bottle at the Wine Booth located next to the SHIRT BOOTH in the Bourbon Village. Wine Bottles will be uncorked with you purchase them and must be consumed on site. Cash or credit cards accepted. ATM on site.
bacon & bacon bar:
Bacon & Bacon Condiment Bar:
BACON. REAL BACON. LOTS OF BACON……in the TOWN THAT KNOWS HOW TO DO BACON.
Most other bacon events give you small, sometimes overly creative, tiny snippets of bacon. Then, if you want to eat MORE BACON, you have to buy it.
Not here. Not in Smithfield, VA. That is not how our bacon works. We were bacon before bacon was cool.
Everyone who enters the gate will get a two part "Bacon Ticket" that entitles them to a half pound of Smithfield Bacon. (pre-cooked weight). Cooked, its about 8 big premium cut thick slices. Turn in one part of your Bacon Ticket to get the bacon, and the other part for your trip thru the Bacon Condiment Bar.
Once you get your bacon, you can eat it hot off the grill, or you can take it over to the Bacon Condiment Bar and dress it up anyway you please from a selection of various condiments. Stuff for BLT wraps, or Taco Wraps, Pancakes and various sauces to dip your bacon in including chocolate!
Please be patient with our volunteers who are cooking the bacon. Preparing over a TON, (seriously we are not kidding, we cook over a legit TON of it for this event) does take some time. We promise we will NOT RUN OUT OF BACON, we have enough for everyone to get their 1/2 lb. We will do our best to get everyone served their fresh cooked bacon as quickly as possible.
Water, Soda & Other food available:
11:00 - 1:45 TBD
2:30 - 5:00 TBD
Brew Village Stage:
11:00 - 1:30 TBD
2:30 - 5:00 TBD
Manor House Lawn Stage:
11:00 - 1:30 TBD
2:30 - 5:00 TBD
As you stroll around the festival, check out our upscale, unique, hand-crafted retail vendors.
MANOR HOUSE LAWN
Emerson Cigars Courtyard
EVENT SHIRTS & MERCHANDISE
EVENT SHIRTS & MERCHANDISE
Plus other Retail Vendors. Check back later for list of vendors participating.
Cigar Courtyard & Smoking:
Want a good cigar with. your Bourbon? Or want to purchase some to take home?
Check out our expanded Cigar Courtyard, hosted by Emerson's Cigars, on the back lawn of the Manor House.
Smoking is permitted in either the cigar courtyard or in our designated smoking sections that are marked and located here the restroom areas.
Smoking not permitted inside any tent or chalet yard or in any general area of the festival.
Do's & Don'ts:
DO THESE THINGS:
DON'T DO THESE THINGS:
Directions: Use 705 Cedar Street, Smithfield VA as the GPS address. If given an option, choose the route that uses CEDAR STREET.
If coming thru town on South Church Street ****DO NOT turn off of S. Church Street onto "Old" Jericho Road (between the pink and green historic homes). Go one more block toward Main Street and turn on CEDAR STREET to get to the park.
If coming via RT.10/258 - you will turn at the light on Main Street, then turn right on Underwood (1st right after car wash). At the stop sign turn right on CEDAR STREET and follow signs to Windsor Castle Park.
Parking: Our local VFW will be directing traffic once you arrive at the park. We have three areas: VIP Parking, General Parking and Handicapped Parking. None of the parking is far, and we have plenty. There are also golf carts available to give rides to folks that need assistance.
YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR CAR OVERNIGHT IF SOMEONE PICKS YOU UP FROM THE FEST. SVAE & The Town of Smithfield are not responsible of any damage/theft to your vehicle, but it will not be towed. Please pick up on Sunday. No overnight camping permitted.
BEING DROPPED OFF?
Individual cars- drop off instructions: Tell VFW parking attendants that you are being dropped off and they will direct you where to pull thru. All cars dropping off will exit out Old Jericho Road and will be only permitted to make a right hand turn on S. Church Street.
Individual cars - pick up instructions: Cars picking you up will need to come to fest via Cedar Street and park in our General Admission parking lot. You will need to make plans to meet them there and you will just need to call to locate each other.
PARTY BUSES/LIMOS: Larger vehicles dropping off (like party bus or limos) will be directed to our Shuttle Stop U-Turn area.
They can let their passengers out and then if they are not staying during the fest, they will leave via Cedar Street. If they are staying on site during the event, after they drop off passengers, they will be directed where to park the bus/limo by our parking staff.
When the event is over, they can pull back into the Shuttle Stop U-Turn area to load passengers and then exit via Cedar Street.