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Inaugural Hog & Barrel Festival will be this weekend in downtown Greenville


GREENVILLE, S.C.— More than 40 restaurants and distilleries from across the Southeast will be taking part in the inaugural Hog & Barrel: A Bourbon, BBQ & Bacon Festival this weekend.


Everything from exclusive bourbon tastings to live music to a Sunday brunch will be featured in the event starting Friday, November 5, and going through Sunday, November 7, at the Old Cigar Warehouse in downtown Greenville. Tickets can be purchased at www.hogandbarrelfestival.com.


Distilleries taking part include: Alberta, Basil Hayden, Buffalo Trace, David Nicholson 1843, Davies County Bourbon, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Ezra Brooks, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Hollow Creek, Jefferson’s Bourbon, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Larceny, Lux Row, Maker’s Mark, Old Dominick, Old Overholt, Rabbit Hole, Rebel, Redemption, Russell’s Reserve, Six & Twenty, Smooth Ambler, TX Whiskey, and Wild Turkey.


Restaurants include: Bar Margaret, Bearded Bros BBQ, Biscuit Head, Charleston Sports Pub of Greenville, Flying Biscuit, Le Petit Croissant, Liquid Catering, Maestro Bistro and Dinner Club, Nard’s Backyard BBQ, Passerelle Bistro, Sonny’s Grill, Tupelo Honey, Up on the Roof, White Duck Taco, Willy Taco, and more.


Sierra Nevada is the official beer partner; Greenville Print Solutions is the official print partner; and Homewood Suites is the official hotel partner. Old Dominick is the official sponsor of the Bartender’s Mixology Master competition. Heaven Hill, Evan Williams and Larceny are the Makin’ Bacon Bourbon Brunch sponsors, and Larceny is the Stage Sponsor.


Other sponsors include: Beam Suntory, Bravo1 Protection, BreakThru Beverage Group, Collective Music Solutions, the Community Journals, Complete PR, Elijah Craig, FamZing Studio, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Holt Orchards, Liquid Catering, the Old Cigar Warehouse, Tri County Rentals, and Wild Turkey.


Hog & Barrel Festival launches on Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a special “Meet The Makers” event, where sponsors and Super VIP ticket holders can meet master distillers, national brand ambassadors, and distillery owners while feasting on delicious food, and of course, exclusive bourbon tastings.


The showcase event of the festival will be Saturday’s “Bourbonpalooza” from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will redefine what people should expect from a food and beverage event. Top Greenville chefs will prepare their favorite barbecue recipes while area mixologists craft unique Old Dominick Bourbon cocktails for guests to enjoy. VIP ticketholders may also participate in The Bourbon Experience, where they can sample 30 plus different bourbons. When attendees are not eating or drinking, they can play games or enjoy live music from the Jake Bartley Band and 3 & Twenty.


From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, the “Makin’ Bacon Bourbon Brunch” will feature classic brunch cocktails with a bourbon twist, such as Evan Williams 1783 Apple Cider Bourbon Mimosas and Bourbon Bloody Marys. Enjoy all of the best brunch staples from top chefs as the talented Corey Stevenson provides live music.


In addition to the good times, Hog & Barrel Festival is a food and cocktail competition with $5,000 in cash prizes being awarded to 15 “Best Of” categories including best barbecue, best bourbon-based dish, best bacon dish, best bourbon cocktail, best dessert, and more.


Hog & Barrel Festival will also be raising funds to support The Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College. The school provides students with basic food knowledge and culinary techniques for classical and current trends. All courses are built from a foundation of competencies required for American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) accreditation, which means their program stays current with industry expectations.


About Hog & Barrel: A Bourbon, BBQ, & Bacon Festival

A true Southern tradition, nothing pairs better than bourbon, barbecue, and bacon, and nothing brings them together in Greenville like the Hog & Barrel: A Bourbon, BBQ & Bacon Festival. This landmark, three-day festival starts November 5 and features bourbon tastings, signature dishes, live music, games and more. Tickets and further information be found at www.hogandbarrelfestival.com.


About High Spirits Hospitality

High Spirits Hospitality is the parent company to four independent brand companies - Liquid Catering, the Old Cigar Warehouse, Bravo1 Protection, and High Spirits Events – as well as the lead operation for Topside Pool Club in downtown Greenville. What started as a small bartending service has now grown into a company with 30 full-time employees, over 100 part-time employees, and a single vision of providing exceptional, hospitality-driven service to each and every guest. Learn more at www.highspiritshospitality.com.



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