Show Info



 July 28th & 29th, 2017

 Town of Cary's Booth Amphitheatre - Cary, NC

Friday Night Whole Hog Pig Pickin' 

Saturday VIP Session
Noon - 6pm 

Saturday Regular Session
2pm - 6pm

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, PREMIERE, THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL!  No other event in the Country beats the best.  Join us at the festival for 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.


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  • All Guests Receive a Souvenir Glass for Tastings.
  • Souvenir Bag! The first 200 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE BBBQ” bag to celebrate the show
  • Unlimited Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
  • BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixins’ you could imagine.  We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low
  • Cary Classic BBQ COMPETITION. Come out and see the teams and their rigs as they smoke out the best flavors in the South.  If you are a team wanting to participate, CLICK HERE to download the application today!

  • Back For More!   Enjoy The Shrine of Swine!  The Shrine features pulled pork – right from the source.  Pork Worship at its finest…..with several pigs each day. 
  • Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South
  • Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage
  • Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces, bbq accessories, and more.
  • Choices, choices, choices…



GRAND POOBAH 2-DAY ALL ACCESS PASS: $115 On-Site / $99 Advance

(Ticket is good for 1 person for 2 days – cannot be split.)  

Valid Both Days (INCLUDES SAT VIP) – all hours of the show. Includes admission to the show, a souvenir tasting glass, lanyard, t-shirt and goodie bag.  Unlimited beer and bourbon, bbq dinner on Friday night and all live entertainment.



Valid Friday 6pm-10pm.Include admission into the event on Friday, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, bbq dinner with pulled pork and all the fixins, and all live entertainment.  

VIP SATURDAY BACON & WHOLE HOG SESSION: $65 On-Site / $59 Advance   
Valid Saturday Noon – 6pm. In addition to the all of the features above, the VIP Bacon and Whole Hog Session offers 2 extra hours of sampling, specialty beers and bourbons, a goodie bag, and other surprises. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT. Squeal like a pig!!!!!!!

REGULAR SATURDAY SESSION: $45 On-Site / $39 Advance. 

Valid Saturday 2pm – 6pm Enjoy a fun day of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, and all live entertainment. 

FRIDAY DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET: $39 ONLY AVAILABLE ONSITE! Valid during any Saturday session. Includes admission into the event and a BBQ Dinner Platter.

SATURDAY DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET: $29 ONLY AVAILABLE ONSITE! 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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  * Advanced Ticket Sales will close the Friday before the event at noon. Tickets will be avaiable onsite while supplies last. Please be advised a service fee may be incurred on credit card transactions the day of the event.