24 Hours Left to Book a Bacon & Bourbon Weekend Package

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Keystone

The clock is ticking – our Bacon & Bourbon Weekend Ticket & lodging Festival Packages are only on sale through 1pm, tomorrow!  Book your weekend lodging & festival tickets together by 1pm on Friday, June 22 to save up to 20% on the weekend.  Of course, you can book lodging anytime and purchase tickets at the gate if you miss the package deadline, but you won’t capture the savings! Weekend packages starting at $289 for two adults!


What’s going on this weekend? The Bacon & Bourbon Festival of course! Check out the weekend’s schedule of events, kicking off on Friday with the Friday Afternoon Club and closing out Sunday night with the free Hell’s Bell’s concert in River Run.


Friday, June 22nd
3  – 6 PM Friday Afternoon Club – Free Gondola Rides


Saturday, June 23rd
1 – 6 PM Bacon Festival – Village Bacon Sampling – River Run Events Plaza – Tickets
1 – 6 PM Food and Beverages – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM Jim Beam Bourbon Tour- River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM KidsZone – Ina’s Bridge – Free & paid activities
1 – 2 PM Concert: Christof Brownell – River Run Main Stage –  FREE
1:30 – 2 PM Bacon Education Center: “The Heritage Difference – A Berkshire Story” with Nick Jones, CEO of Berkwood Farms – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
2:30 – 4 PM Concert: Hell’s BellesRiver Run Main Stage – FREE
2:30 – 3 PM Bacon Education Center: “Bacon Royalty Coronation” with Marshall Porter, Certified Bacon Instructor – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater –  FREE
3:30 – 4 PM Bacon Education Center: “Bourbon and Beyond” with Jim Beam Specialist, Chris Galante – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
4:15 – 4:30 PM Berkwood Farms Bacon Eating Contest – River Run Main Stage – FREE
4:30 – 6 PM Concert: Internationally Acclaimed Lez Zeppelin – River Run Main Stage – FREE
6 PM Best Bacon Awards – vote for your favorite bacon dish using the #keystonebestbacon on Instagram – River Run Main Stage –  Free


Sunday, June 24th
1 – 6 PM Bacon Festival – village bacon sampling – River Run Events Plaza – Tickets
1 – 6 PM Food and Beverages – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM Jim Beam Bourbon Tour – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM KidsZone – Ina’s Bridge – Free & paid activities
1 – 2 PM Concert: Tiffany Christopher – River Run Main Stage – FREE
1:30 – 2 PM Bacon Education Center: “The Heritage Difference – A Berkshire Story” with Nick Jones, CEO of Berkwood Farms – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
2:30 – 4 PM Concert: Internationally Acclaimed Lez Zeppelin  River Run Main Stage – FREE
2:30 – 3 PM Bacon Education Center: “Master Swinelier Certification Course” with Marshall Porter, Certified Bacon Instructor – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
4:15 – 4:30 PM Crowning of the Bacon Prince and Princess – River Run Main Stage –  FREE
4:30 – 6 PM Concert: Hell’s Belles – River Run Main Stage – FREE


Head up to Keystone this weekend to kickoff the Colorado Summer
Festival Season at Keystone’s first festival of the summer- Bacon & Bourbon!
Book a package deal here. 


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’re Just 1 Week From the Bacon & Bourbon Festival!

There’s nothing quite like the smell of thousands of pounds of sizzling bacon wafting across the village in a beautiful mountain setting.  Take in the delicious smells, tastes and sounds of the Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone Resort, happening next weekend on June 23 & 24 in River Run Village.


Look forward to fun and original bacon dishes, like Bacon Ice Cream, BLTS, Bacon Tacos, Bacon on Pizza, Candied Bacon, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Bacon Bloodies and more! Keystone’s best restaurants serve up all sorts of dishes that include bacon in the most original ways.

Bacon Festival Education Seminars Keystone

This fun festival is as unique as they get, complete with great music to go with the delicious food!  Festival favorite cover bands, Hell’s Bells and Lez Zepplin will both be back, rocking out on both days again for the 2018 festival. Take part in one of the Bacon Education Center Events to learn more about the salty goodness we all love so much.  You will even have the chance to become a certified “Master Swinelier Certificate” from the Bacon Education Center!


Purchase a Bacon & Bourbon Festival ticket and lodging package from SummitCove Lodging and you’ll save up to 20% on the weekend.  There are a number of different ticket packages available depending on how much bacon you plan to enjoy.  Yes, this and all of Keystone events are family friendly and there is a ticket package for the kids! The kids ‘Piglet’ Package is for kids 12 and under and includes 3 tasting tickets for bacon cuisine, unlimited bacon strip samplings and 1 lemonade.  The one-day ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ Package is good for unlimited bacon strip samplings, 4 tasting tickets and 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages.  If you are going all in, opt for the ‘Hungry Hog’ Pack which gives you  8 tasting tickets, unlimited bacon strips, and access to the Jim Beam Bourbon Tour.  All tickets are good for just one-day, so purchase two if you are looking to enjoy the whole weekend.  All of the ticket packages also include a commemorative event trucker hat!


Looking to be in the middle of it all?  We recommend Jack Pine Lodge, Silver Mill Condos, Buffalo Lodge or Black Bear condos to be closest to the festival.  If you want to be away from the village sounds, consider booking a condo outside of the main village for some peace and quiet after the festival ends!

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!

What do the Colorado Mountains and Bacon Have in Common?

You can enjoy both at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Festival this weekend at Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colorado!  This fun festival serves up thousands of pounds of bacon, prepared hundreds of different ways!  Enjoy the live music with a cold beverage as you take in the scenic views at Keystone’s River Run Village. Sample as much bacon as your heart desires!

New this year is the festival’s Whiskey Tour! With the purchase of the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package you get to experience a variety of Whiskeys that are sure to compliment any bacon dish you try. Ticket packages have also been revamped to include more ‘tastes’ from food vendors, 1 ticket = 1 taste, plus the unlimited bacon strip samplings!

Along with bacon cuisine you’ll enjoy free live music from the Big Onions, The Woodies, Hell’s Belles, The Great Unknowns and Terrance Simien & The Zydeco!

Get away for the weekend and enjoy the cool mountain temperatures and beautiful scenery.  Keystone Resort is only and hour and 15 minute drive from Denver! 

Some of the Bacon combinations you will be able to try this weekend include:
-Bacon S’mores
-Bacon Elk Sliders
-Bacon Mac N’ Cheese
-Bacon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches
-Bacon Bloody Mary’s

Check out Highlights from the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Here!

Save money when you book Festival Tickets with a condo! Check out our lodging and ticket packages here. 

Keystone Summer Festival Dates Announced!

 Keystone Resort hosts festivals all summer long and people come back year after year from across the country, specifically to attend these amazing, fun and unique mountain summer festivals.  The warm Colorado sunshine, fun events, countless activities, amazing food, cool mountain temperatures, live music and SPECTACULAR scenery make Keystone the perfect place to visit in the summertime.  Check out the upcoming 2013 summer festivals, listed below and remember dates are always subject to change.  Look for summer event packages with tickets coming soon!

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
June 22 & 23, 2013

(Typically the 3rd Weekend in June)
A festival designed for those who love the savory, salty treat- Bacon!  Enjoy all the bacon you can handle and then some and try new treats like chocolate dipped bacon and a bacon ice cream sundae!  Don’t miss this unique festival in Keystone that is the kick-off for summer!  BOOK BACON FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE


Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival
July 13 & 14, 2013
(Typically the 2nd Weekend in July)
A wine lover’s dream weekend, taste hundreds of wines, enjoy live jazz music and learn all about wine with various seminars throughout the weekend.  Food booths will be setup throughout the village to give you the base you need to taste all of those delicious wines! BOOK WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE

Bluegrass and Beer Festival
August 3 & 4, 2013
(Typically the 1st Weekend of August)
Probably the most anticipated and enjoyed event of the summer, the Bluegrass and Beer festival features over 30 different beer vendors and a weekend of live bluegrass music to get your feet stompin!  This fun weekend offers unlimited beer tastings, delicious food and great music across 3 different stages that fit in perfectly in the beautiful mountain setting at River Run Village. Reserve a condo with a view of the festival, like some of our properties at Silver Mill, Jackpine, or Black Bear Lodge.   BOOK BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE

A Taste of Keystone
September 1, 2013
(Labor Day Weekend)
Situated along the Lakeshore at Keystone’s Lakeside Village, The Taste of Keystone is a great way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine without  breaking the bank!  Enjoy samplings of a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants including: Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse.

River Run Rocks Free Concerts
Dates TBA
(Various Dates Throughout the Summer)
Free concerts nestled in the heart of River Run Village! Enjoy the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, and delicious cold beverages and food while dancing the afternoon away in the sunshine. Concerts are held on various days throughout the summer, typically on Saturday Afternoons.

There’s Still Time to Book for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Enter to Win 2 Free Tickets!

It’s Baaacoooon!  Yes, it’s that time of year again, and Keystone Resort is gearing up for the 2nd annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.  This extremely popular event is set for June 23 and 24th in River Run Village at Keystone Resort!  This is a great even for all meat lovers, bacon enthusiasts and folks who are looking to kick their summer off with some mountain entertainment!  Book with SummitCove for 2 or more nights, and you will receive 25% off lodging plus you are automatically entered to win 2 tickets to the Bacon Festival!  Be sure to use the promo code ‘2012Bacon!’

There will be literally thousands of pounds of bacon, and live music from Better than Bacon, the Universally Famous, Rocket Surgeons, Hell’s Belles, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

Ticket prices are as follows for attendees of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival:

1-Day Saturday Only Bacon Package: $30

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1 event hat, 5 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at the Purveyor Tents

1-Day Sunday Only Bacon Package: $30

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1 event hat, 5 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at the Purveyor Tents

Weekend Bacon Package (Saturday and Sunday): $50

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1event hat, 8 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purveyor Tents

Bacon Elegance Dinner :$60

  • Kick start a weekend filled with bacon by joining us at Wolf Rock for a fun dinner centered around our favorite pork product! Enjoy 3-4 bacon themed food stations along with a free drink from the Pearl vodka bar or a glass of wine or beer.


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