After the inaugural Bourbon and Barbeque Festival was postponed, then canceled, we finally have a firm date for the event... April 10th, 2021!

You had us at hello! Bourbon AND BBQ? We'll see you there! I'll admit, when I first saw this press release from Jada Durden a year ago, I immediately assumed this was something that was happening in Texas. After all, while we're known for great cajun, creole, and seafood here in Louisiana, Texas seems to own the 'great bbq' image.

Well, we're apparently making strides when it comes to our barbeque here in Louisiana, hence, the inaugural Bourbon and Barbeque Festival that's coming to downtown Shreveport next month. All too often in our area, people are afraid to start something new because of the uncertainty of whether or not locals will support it. I'm so glad the organizers behind this festival took a leap of faith! Trust me, I'll be there to sample your fair!

Here's what organizers had to say about this first-ever event in the Red River Entertainment District in downtown Shreveport:

Join us for our first-ever Bourbon & BBQ featuring the best bourbons Shreveport has to offer, served up with tastings of the best BBQ by local chefs and grill masters.
16 competitors: 8 bourbon cocktail artists and 8 barbecue pitmasters competing for the People’s Choice titles and $1500.
Attendees of Bourbon and Barbeque Festival will get to sample each barbecue offering and bourbon cocktail while listening to live music from local band, Easy Money and Grammy award-winning New Orleans group, Rebirth Brass Band on the main stage under the Texas Street bridge. Commerce Street will be filled with local products and vendors that complement bourbon and barbecue. Vendor spots are available and applications will be posted soon.
Tickets are on sale now for $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP. VIP ticket holders will have access to the VIP lounge with premium seating near the stage and exclusive bourbons and food spread. The Red River District will be open to all ages, however festival ticket holders must be ages 21 and up.

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