Weekend Forecast: Blue Skies and Bacon

If you are still looking to make plans for the upcoming weekend, look no further! Head to the hills at Keystone Resort for the Bacon & Bourbon festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.


If you’ve never been to this festival, you are in for a real treat.  Thousands of pounds of bacon will be on hand for tasting, prepared in a multitude of ways.  Some of the country’s best bacon purveyors will be sizzling up classic strip-style bacon for tasting.  You’ll also see Keystone & Summit County restaurant vendors getting creative, creating all sorts of bacon flavored dishes to try.  Bacon in pasta. Bacon on pizza. Bacon on top of bacon.  Gourmet bacon dishes.  Bacon street food.  Bacon desserts. Bacon beverages and more! You’ll find some of the most unique and interesting dishes, all incorporating bacon in unexpected ways at this festival, truly a bacon lovers dream!

Bacon and Bourbon Festival

There are 3 types of tickets available for the festival – a kids ‘Piglet’ ticket package, the ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ mid-level ticket package and the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package- for those serious bacon lovers or anyone (21+) who wants in on the bourbon tasting.  All ticket packages are good for a single day and include UNLIMITED bacon strip samples, varying numbers of the bacon ‘cuisine’ types of dishes, as well as a beverage or two and a commemorative event trucker hat.  Book your tickets and lodging together with SummitCove to save up to 20% on the weekend.  SummitCove has vacation condos located right in the heart of River Run Village, so you can walk to and from the festival.


Not a bacon lover? Have no fear! Skip the bacon tickets and just come to enjoy a beverage and the free live music.  You can also head to any one of the village restaurants to enjoy a meal of your choice, bacon or not, at any time!  Ticket & lodging packages will be on sale until 1 pm on Friday!  Book now! Be sure to stop by the SummitCove tent once you are at the festival to pick up your free pair of pig-nose sunglasses!


We Are One Month Away from the Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone!

Summer festival season starts in just one month! The first Keystone summer festival is the Bacon & Bourbon Festival, happening on June 23 & 24 at Keystone Resort in River Run Village.  If you’ve never experienced this festival, this is the year to try it! Not only do you get to taste UNLIMITED strips of bacon, you can wash it down with delicious bourbon samples and listen to some great tunes! Two long-time festival favorite female cover bands, Lez Zepplin and Hell’s Belles will be back on site both days, rockin’ away the weekend with you! Other bands playing over the weekend include Tiffany Christopher and Christof Brownell.


Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone Resort Colorado

Start the day with a delicious Bacon Bloody Mary and cruise around tasting many varieties of bacon strips from some of the best bacon purveyors in the country. Did we mention you’ll receive unlimited bacon strip tastings with any ticket package!? Work up an appetite and move on to the bacon cuisine, everything with a bacon theme!  You can seek out bacon tacos, bacon ice cream, bacon pasta, salads with bacon and more… we’re getting hungry just thinking about it! Want to learn more about bacon? Take part in the free Bacon Education Center Events where you’ll learn all about bacon… how to cook with it, the history, how to pair it with bourbon and so on! There will of course be fun for the kids too, with a KidsZone and tons of free activities. You can even buy a kids ticket that includes bacon tastings and lemonade.  Adult ticket packages include the Samplin’ Swine package with unlimited strip samplings, 2 beers or non-alcoholic drinks, a commemorative hat and 4 ‘cuisine’ tasting tickets or you can go all-in with the Hungry Hog package which includes unlimited strip samplings, 2 beers or non-alcoholic drinks, a commemorative hat, 8 ‘cuisine’ tasting tickets and entry to the festival’s Jim Beam Bourbon Tour. You can also purchase food and drink a-la-carte if you decide not to purchase a ticket package.  The festival itself is free to attend.


If two days of bacon is too much, spend day two relaxing or going on a hike.  The Keystone Gondola runs all summer long and takes you up to the top of Dercum Mountain where you can soak up the sun and incredible views.  Enjoy a mountain top lunch and hike around or let the kids enjoy the yard games and multiple slack lines.


SummitCove Lodging offers some awesome deals when you purchase your festival tickets and lodging together.  Check out our summer festival deals page here and get your Bacon & Bourbon weekend on the summer schedule!