We get it, your head is filled with bacon. Here's a guide to our most frequently asked questions.

What is Bacon & Barrels?

Bacon & Barrels is the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel. The all-day event challenges participating chefs to create their most imaginative, fresh recipes incorporating bacon, and highlights the best artisan and craft barrel beverages such as bourbon, beer, wine, and scotch. Tastings are UNLIMITED! Exhibits meant to educate, connect, and inspire attendees to eat local.  Celebrity Judges will award the Jefe del Porko award to the top Chef and Mixologist and the title of Top Chef in the VIP tent.  Your vote matters! You can vote for the restaurant and mixologist you loved the most at the INFO Booth. The winner will be presented with the coveted People's Choice Award. 

When is Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm?

The 3rd Annual Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm will be held July 17-19, 2015 in Solvang, California in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. The unlimited food and libation tasting festival will be held on July 18th. The exclusive VIP dinner will be held on July 17th at Buttonwood Farm and the VIP brunch will be held on July 19th at Liquid Farm. For the event timeline for all three days, please visit: http://www.baconandbarrels.com/schedule/ 

Where is Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm?

Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm will be held at, you guessed it, Buttonwood Farm and Winery! The address is 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, between Solvang and Los Olivos. The field is next door to the beautiful Buttonwood Winery tasting room. A map is at the bottom of the page.

How much are tickets?  How can I get them?!

Tickets prices vary and are available here! There are no refunds allowed. 

Is there a shuttle available?

Yes but they must be purchased in advance! Because we will be on a farm and sensitive to the soil environment, there will be a few changes. Good ones, we promise! First, we are upping the number of Shuttles throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. We are also adding an inexpensive transport option for our friends in Santa Barbara, and adding more Uber cars. Bonus: Cell reception is a bit better in Solvang! Reserve your shuttle ticket early because they will book up! Shuttle passes go on sale Feb 1st, 2016. 

Is there parking available onsite?

In being sensitive to our environment, we are greatly reducing the number of cars parked on the farm, we will also be charging $15 to park this year. You also have the option of taking advantage of one of our low cost shuttles (must be purchased in advance) located throughout the Santa Ynez Valley at Partner Hotels by purchasing your shuttle pass on our ticketing page (available February 1st, 2016). Or you can purchase your onsite parking pass on our ticketing page (available February 1st, 2016). Parking passes are only required for the Saturday Grand Tasting event.  Please print your parking pass and shuttle reservation. There is also UBER or cabs available in SYV. Plan ahead!

What can I / can't I bring?

Allowed: You're welcome to bring sealed water bottles, sealed snacks, beach blankets/chairs.  We also recommend bringing a hat and wearing sunscreen. 

Must Bring: Valid Picture ID. This is a 21 and over event.

Not Allowed: Do NOT bring strollers, children under 21 (see below), any open containers, any alcohol, animals (Documented Service animals only allowed).

Are kids allowed?

We hate to discriminate against the next generation of Bacon-lovers, but this is a 21 and over only event. Infants carried in baby packs only are allowed. NO strollers please. 

What should I wear?

Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm is held outdoors during the summer, so it will be warm. Some shade will be provided, but we highly recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen. Casual wear is encouraged. Ladies, we recommend flats. The grounds will be short dry grass but keep in mind, this is a working farm, so you may come across some lumps.

What can I do to have the best time possible?

Well, what a good question you ask. You can be the fun king or queen by reading this page, planning ahead, and drinking responsibly. Oh, and be cool. Just relax, and be cool. 

What if I don’t drink?

We have a special ticket for the designated drivers. Enjoy the festival, and the many fun times offered. Water is provided for free.

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes, it sure is. A little rain can't take the delicious taste of bacon out of your mouth. 

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes! Volunteering at Bacon & Barrels Festival is a cool way to give back, and also a great way to get perks and free access to the festival or another Create Promotions event. We are seeking volunteers for the Friday Kick Off Dinner, the Saturday Festival, and Sunday All Bacon Inspired Brunch! Individual volunteer positions will be assigned based on festival needs and you must be at least 21. Check back for signs up in 2016!

Does Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm give back?

Absolutely! Bacon & Barrels will donate a percentage of all tickets sales to support programs that support under-served children, and farm programs through the Create Community Foundation, a 501c3 Non-Profit. Bacon & Barrels will also incorporate its proprietary Environmental Event process, with a goal of 95% of all event trash diverted from the Landfill. To be considered for funding, please contact us at info at createpromotions dot com. 

Why are tickets non-transferable?

As with all other festivals, we do not allow for refunds. We want to discourage ticket-scalping. We don’t think there’s a lot of value added by having tickets floating about in a secondary ticket market (ie. scalpers and resellers).  We have calculated our ticket price to be a good match for the value of the experience received and would hate to see someone pay way more than our intended ticket price for the same experience as somebody who paid the face value.  So, we check IDs to make sure that the ticket holder is the same as the ticket purchaser and we limit the number of tickets that each person can buy.  If you have a legitimate, non-secondary-ticket-market-related need to transfer your tickets, drop us an email and we’ll try to accommodate you as best we can.

No Refunds.

For more information, or to be a vendor at Bacon & Barrels please email info@createpromotions.com