Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival- April 6th & 7th, 2018: Timonium, MD

Maryland residents, food festival season has arrived! This season is being kick off with an event that you don’t want to miss, the annual, Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival. The event is being held this weekend, April 6th & 7th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, indoors at The Cow Palace.
The event with showcase all you can drink beer & bourbon tastings from breweries and distilleries across the country as well as bbq from award winning pitmasters.
Everything you need to know about the event can be found below.

Show Info
April 6 & 7, 2018
Two Big Days!
Maryland State Fairgrounds – 
Timonium, MD
 Friday, April 6th
Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin’: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 7th
VIP Session: Noon – 6pm
Regular Session: 2pm – 6pm
… it’s 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 to Expect …
SWAG: All Guests Receive a Souvenir Glass for Tastings. First 200 people in line for each session get a free souvenir bag!
DRINK: All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
SMOKE: BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection from our vendors onsite – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and all the fixins’ you can imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
PORK: Enjoy The Shrine of Swine! Enjoy Whole hogs all day from Official Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Pitmaster, Bill Eason. Check out his endless supply of awards shown below and worship the Pork Gods!


GAMES: The Game Area.  We’re all experts at cornhole by now – so now get ready to enjoy our new game area – the Cochon Carnival with fun activities to keep everyone challenged.
LEARN: Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South.
DANCE: Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage.
SHOP: Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces and BBQ accessories.
  • $99 Advance Grand Poobah 2– DAY (plus taxes & fees). ALL ACCESS TICKET Valid Friday 6pm – 10pm & Saturday VIP Noon – 6pm. These limited tickets will allow guests to partake in both days and all sessions. In addition to all sessions. In addition to all sessions (if you can truly handle hours and hours of pure livery and artery destruction) these guests will enjoy a GOODIE BAG of SWAG (with t-shirt, lanyard and more) with admission and EXPRESS ENTRY into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all live entertainment. We wish we could do this for everyone but participation is very limited. This ticket is available for one person for two days.
  • $49 Advance Friday Night Whole Hog Pig Pickin’ (plus taxes & fees). Valid Friday 6pm – 10pm. The Friday Night Session offers an exclusive tasting experience where each guest will enjoy a BARBECUE DINNER PLATTER, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all live entertainment.
  • $59 Advance Saturday VIP Session (plus taxes & fees). Valid Saturday Noon – 6pm. The VIP ticket includes 2 extra hours of sampling, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and live entertainment. These tickets are limited and always SELL OUT.
  • $39 Advance Saturday Regular Admission (plus taxes & fees). Valid Saturday 2pm – 6pm. Includes a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all live entertainment.
  • $39 Friday Night Designated Driver Ticket (plus taxes & fees). Valid Friday 6pm-10pm. Includes admission into the event and a BARBECUE DINNER PLATTER.
  • $29 Saturday Designated Driver (plus taxes & fees). Ticket Valid during any Saturday session. Includes admission into the event only.
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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A portion of your ticket admission price goes to a MD non-profit: The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.  However, your ticket is not tax-deductible.  Your total admission ticket includes the highlighted dollar amount  plus admission taxes and fees, where applicable.
*SALE DETAILS: Some events/tickets are not included in the sale. 2 for 1 tickets are 2 tickets for the price of 1 ticket. A limited amount of these tickets will be available for purchase. This price is off of the onsite ticket price (not the discounted sale/advance price). An option will appear on the ticket page that says “2 for 1” – You must select this specific option to get the offer. Once the 2 for 1 offer is gone some tickets will be sold at a discounted rate for a limited time. Sale prices are on NEW ticket orders only. Tickets are subject to taxes and fees. All tickets are final sale.


Timonium, MD – Maryland’s largest hoedown returns to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on April 6th and 7th, 2018.  The Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival is produced by local Trigger Agency as a benefit to the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

This year marks the 12th annual production which started very humbly in Timonium, MD and has grown to a National Tour reaching hundreds of thousands of guests from New York to Florida.

The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza starts with a Friday Night Whole Hog Session from 6:00pm  – 10:00pm. This session will offer a dinner plate of BBQ with all the fixins’ as well as unlimited sampling of bourbon and beer. Saturday sessions run from noon to 6pm. An exclusive VIP only tasting will be held Noon until 2pm and then General Admission will follow from 2pm through 6pm.

A souvenir glass is included with every ticket purchase and offers guests unlimited tastings of 60 of the best craft beers and 75-80 top-notch bourbons. In addition, delicious samples of barbeque from the South’s best Pit Masters will be available throughout the day. The event will offer live music, arts, crafts, memorabilia exhibits and a cigar tent outside for the enthusiast.  Full Schedules and Menus are posted on the website.

“This show has spawned many knock-offs all over the Country – but if the truth be known – we started here at The Fairgrounds ten years ago in one of the smaller buildings.  We even had to postpone the first launch of the show because the Ravens were in the playoffs. To see where we’ve grown and to share it with all the fans is quite an honor.” explains the Festival Founder, Greg Nivens – a Baltimore resident. “We are looking forward to a great 10th Anniversary celebration!”

Guests can expect some fun exciting features this year:

  • The Shrine of Swine is Back – but the whole hogs are always intriguing and new.  Each hog is totally different and even tastes different. This year they are coming from famed Pitmaster Bill Eason.
  • New Gaming Area – this includes Corn Hole, Tricycle Racing and Large Format Games.
  • Great Live Music is back with some new faces.
  • Fun crowd competitions will be featured on the Main Stage including the Beard Competition, Stein Holding Competition, The Drink Like a Lady Contest, Baltimore’s Best Beer Belly, and Two Rounds of Bacon Eating.

General admission to the festival is $39 in advance / $45 on –site and includes admission into the event and a souvenir glass. VIP Saturday admission is $59.   The special Friday Night session is $49 per person. Designated Driver admission for Saturday is also available for $29 and includes admission to the event. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information on purchasing tickets for the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, please visit or call 800-830-3976. There are thousands of free parking spaces on site, or take the light rail. Please drink responsibly and bring a designated driver.


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