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Introducing the 2017 Chili Bourbon Festival

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

We love a great festival here at PhoenixBites which means we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Chili Bourbon Festival happening December 15th and 16th at Margaret T. Hance Park. First-year festivals are always tricky beasts but I’m here to tell you why you need to get this event on your calendar! It all comes down to great music, bourbon and chili. Let’s break it down!

Introducing the 2017 Chili Bourbon FestivalThe Music at the Chili Bourbon Festival

Guests of the two-day event will be entertained by a variety of national and local artists. Colt Ford has recently released his sixth album, Love Hope Faith, and will be spreading his positive message of friendship, family connections and faith at the festival. Waterloo Revival will be visiting from Nashville and sharing the fruits of their intense writing sessions with festival fans.

Local country music fans will enjoy performances by Desert Dixie Trio, Rich Adams Band, Band Wagon, Nathan Dean and the Damn Band along with Joel Maze and Southern Country.

The Bourbon at the Chili Bourbon Festival

Love bourbon? You’ll be delighted to learn that there will be 13 different bourbon distilleries that you can sample at the festival. Who’s on the list?

  • Evan Williams BBN Black 86
  • Elijah Craig BBN SM Batch 94
  • Larceny BBN Very SP SM Batch 92
  • Adirondack
  • Ezra Brooks BBN Black 90 and 377572
  • Rebel Yell BBN 80
  • Wild Turkey BBN 81
  • Russell’s Reserve
  • Jeffersons Reserve
  • Jeffersons High Marque TBD
  • Jim Beam
  • Maker’s 46
  • High West

The Chili at the Chili Bourbon Festival

Guests will also be able to sample several varieties of chili, from traditional to creative, but all delicious and perfect for the anticipated chill that will be in the air the weekend of the festival. Some options that will be available for tasting are traditional cornbread chili, bitchin hot steakhouse chili, southwestern chicken chili, vegan magic chili, cilantro
green pork chili and mac daddy chili mac.

Extras

In addition to the sips, tastes and outstanding music there will also be independent entertainment like cornhole, giant Jenga, Kong Pong, ladder golf and more!

Let’s Talk Chili Bourbon Festival Tickets

There are a few options for tickets, based on what you’re looking to get into at the festival. Let’s break it down by day:

Friday

General admission for Friday is $10 in advance or $15 the day of.

Military and Senior tickets are available for $8, but only in advance and with appropriate id.

You can get a Festival & Master Sampler Card (only available for those 21 and over) for $15 in advance or $25 the day of the event. This level of ticket will get you general admission as well as 6 chili samples and bourbon samples of your choice.

If you’re feeling fancy, go for the VIP Private Reserve ticket. This will get you premium drinks, free food and soft drinks, premium seating areas, a master sampler card and access to private restroom suites. These tickets are only available in advance and will cost you $50.

Saturday

General admission for Friday is $15 in advance or $20 the day of.

Military and Senior tickets are available for $10, but only in advance and with appropriate id.

You can get a Festival & Master Sampler Card (only available for those 21 and over) for $20 in advance or $30 the day of the event. This level of ticket will get you general admission as well as 6 chili samples and bourbon samples of your choice.

If you’re feeling fancy, go for the VIP Private Reserve ticket. This will get you premium drinks, free food and soft drinks, premium seating areas, a master sampler card and access to private restroom suites. These tickets are only available in advance and will cost you $65.

Kids 12 and under are complimentary on both days when accompanied by an adult.

All in all it’s a great time for an outdoor festival and the combination of music, bourbon and chili cannot be beat!

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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