As the old saying goes, “What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.” If that’s the case, you’ll be plenty healed when Pig & Whiskey hits downtown Ferndale this weekend.
The 3rd Annual Pig & Whiskey returns for another three days of barbecue, whiskey, beer and music on Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21. Presented by Metro Times and Woodward Avenue Brewers (WAB), the event is free and open to all ages (although I don’t know how interested your toddler will be in an event dedicated to booze).
The food and drink fest begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with a Jack Daniels Kick-Off Party that lasts until midnight.
Metro Detroit’s best barbecue restaurants will be whipping up samples of mouthwatering pork and beef dishes available for cash purchase. Participating venues include: Corridor Sausage Co., Detroit BBQ Company, Little Z BBQ, Redsmoke Barbeque, Rock City Eatery, Rub BBQ Pub, Slows, Smokin’ BarBQ, Union Woodshop and Vinsetta Garage.
If you’re thinking, “It doesn’t get much better than barbecue and whiskey,” you’re wrong. It does get better, because Treat Dreams will be serving up ice cream to cool you off in the 90-degree weather. I sincerely hope their Maple Bacon Bourbon confection is available by the gallon.
There will be 40 plus varieties of whiskey available to sample and sip all weekend, including Black Velvet, Canadian Mist, Evan Williams, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Southern Comfort and Valentine Distilling Co.’s Woodward Whiskey, amongst others. For everyone’s sake, just don’t try them all!
In addition to sampling your favorite whiskey, there will be a craft whiskey cocktail tent (the “Cocktail Corner”) if you’re looking to mix things up a bit. Some of Detroit’s best bartenders will be on hand to make you a whiskey drink unlike anything you’ve ever had. Drink masters from Imperial, Pizzeria Biga, Toast, Torino, The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and more will be your bartenders for the weekend. Popular pop-up bar duo Bailout Productions will also have a kegged cocktail booth.
After all that tasty barbecue and whiskey, you’ll likely be in the mood to dance. It would be a shame not to include some local entertainment in the festivities, now wouldn’t it? Two-dozen local bands will be playing for your listening pleasure throughout the weekend, including Flint Eastwood, The Hounds Below, The Muggs, The HandGrenades and more.
If you’re not a fan of whiskey, or if you enjoy mixing beer and liquor (yikes), there will be several beer tents scattered throughout the grounds with plenty of ice-cold options.
Pig & Whiskey is on come rain or shine, so be prepared with an umbrella or sunscreen. Hours are as follows:
Friday, July 19: 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Your sense of smell will likely guide the way, but you’ll find the festival on East Troy St. in Ferndale, between Woodward Avenue Brewers, 22626 Woodward Ave., and The Emory, 22700 Woodward Ave.
Enjoy Pig & Whiskey, and make sure you’ve got a sober designated driver or a cab on hand!