The Judging Panel

 

Renowned culinary professionals, tastemakers and craft beer enthusiasts will judge the suds and grub throughout the stadium. From best sweet use of bacon to weirdest twist on a craft brew, our judges will try everything and award the best!

 
Chris Chamberlain Chris is a food, drink, and travel writer based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years at Stanford University, studying liberal arts and learning how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their “Bites” food blog as well as Nashville Lifestyles magazine. He is also the Southern correspondent for FoodRepublic.com, covering food and drink topics that lie beyond Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Chris Chamberlain

Chris is a food, drink, and travel writer based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years at Stanford University, studying liberal arts and learning how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their “Bites” food blog as well as Nashville Lifestyles magazine. He is also the Southern correspondent for FoodRepublic.com, covering food and drink topics that lie beyond Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Erin Wilburn Erin is a professional video editor by trade and food blogger at Erin's Food Files for fun. She loves nothing more than to eat good food, discuss food, and snap pics of food to share on social media. She is also a self-described "craft beer widow," married to a man obsessed with craft beer; and therefore now knows more about beer than she ever intended.

Erin Wilburn

Erin is a professional video editor by trade and food blogger at Erin's Food Files for fun. She loves nothing more than to eat good food, discuss food, and snap pics of food to share on social media. She is also a self-described "craft beer widow," married to a man obsessed with craft beer; and therefore now knows more about beer than she ever intended.

Nathan Wilburn Nathan is a Technical Director at Newschannel 5. In his spare time he likes to drink beer, talk about beer, read about beer/breweries, post pictures of beer to social media, go to beer festivals, shop for beer, and travel for beer. One might say he knows a lot about beer.

Nathan Wilburn

Nathan is a Technical Director at Newschannel 5. In his spare time he likes to drink beer, talk about beer, read about beer/breweries, post pictures of beer to social media, go to beer festivals, shop for beer, and travel for beer. One might say he knows a lot about beer.

Heidi Carter Heidi, a native Wisconsinite, is a Nashville-based food writer and the current Nashville City Editor of The Daily Meal. Covering the culinary scene with regular contributions, she features local and national chefs, restaurants, events and more.

Heidi Carter

Heidi, a native Wisconsinite, is a Nashville-based food writer and the current Nashville City Editor of The Daily Meal. Covering the culinary scene with regular contributions, she features local and national chefs, restaurants, events and more.

Rachel Figley Rachel is just a chick who digs craft beer more than most and tends to write about booze on a regular basis. She's a key team member of 3st of the Month, a pop-up speakeasy that floats around Nashville bringing all-you-can-drink cocktails to cool places for good causes. She also works on brand and content strategy with the folks behind 3st of the Month, FoxFuel Creative.

Rachel Figley

Rachel is just a chick who digs craft beer more than most and tends to write about booze on a regular basis. She's a key team member of 3st of the Month, a pop-up speakeasy that floats around Nashville bringing all-you-can-drink cocktails to cool places for good causes. She also works on brand and content strategy with the folks behind 3st of the Month, FoxFuel Creative.

Chip DeVier Chip is not a blogger or a food writer, but he is the proprietor of the best bottle shop in Tennessee. Craft Brewed opened in 2012 and has been the go-to spot for Nashvillians and travelers alike for all things beer. When he is not in the shop, you can find him remodeling the occasional house or running off some well-earned beers in a marathon. He is also a pretty proficient builder of block towers with his two year old son.

Chip DeVier

Chip is not a blogger or a food writer, but he is the proprietor of the best bottle shop in Tennessee. Craft Brewed opened in 2012 and has been the go-to spot for Nashvillians and travelers alike for all things beer. When he is not in the shop, you can find him remodeling the occasional house or running off some well-earned beers in a marathon. He is also a pretty proficient builder of block towers with his two year old son.

Kayla Hughes After a start in craft beer with World of Beer in Florida, Kayla is now the General Manager of Hop & Crafts, a Draft Magazine Top100 Beer Bar in Nashville. She loves all kinds of beers, especially sours, saisons, and Miller Lite.

Kayla Hughes

After a start in craft beer with World of Beer in Florida, Kayla is now the General Manager of Hop & Crafts, a Draft Magazine Top100 Beer Bar in Nashville. She loves all kinds of beers, especially sours, saisons, and Miller Lite.

  Beth Sachan Beth is the Director of Marketing for Music City's iconic confection, Goo Goo Cluster, as well as the Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar in downtown Nashville. In addition to her role at Goo Goo, Beth is the creator of Eat. Drink. Smile., an award winning food & drink blog, and a freelance writer who has contributed to The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, The Guardian and Expedia. Southern Living Magazine recently named her as one of the 29 “Bloggers You Should be Following in 2016”.

 

Beth Sachan

Beth is the Director of Marketing for Music City's iconic confection, Goo Goo Cluster, as well as the Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar in downtown Nashville. In addition to her role at Goo Goo, Beth is the creator of Eat. Drink. Smile., an award winning food & drink blog, and a freelance writer who has contributed to The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, The Guardian and Expedia. Southern Living Magazine recently named her as one of the 29 “Bloggers You Should be Following in 2016”.


Volunteers

Want to volunteer and help make the Bacon and Beer Classic a huge success?

Sign-up here!

 

Why volunteer?

  • You will help a good cause! A portion of the proceeds from the Bacon and Beer Classic always go towards charity.

  • You will make new friends! Work in a fun, welcoming environment with great people.

  • You will get free swag! Every volunteer receives an awesome branded t-shirt and a souvenir tasting cup.

  • You can earn Community Service Hours! Simply bring any paperwork requirements to your Volunteer Manager to complete.

  • You'll receive a FREE session to the Classic!  Indulge and enjoy the opposite session that you volunteer for so long as you complete your entire shift.

 

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers help with a range of projects before and during the festival, including pouring beer, managing the entry gates, checking tickets, arranging game booths, selling merchandise, assisting restaurants, applying temporary tattoos and more!

 

What is required?

  • You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer.

  • Volunteers are required to attend a 30-minute online training session either Tuesday 11/1 or Wednesday 11/2 at 7:30pm prior to the festival.

  • Besides that, simply show up on time, smile and have a blast!

 

We offer 4 volunteer sessions. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your shift start time, and keep in mind that we always need more volunteers for the evening session!

Pre-Festival Set Up (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4)  - 10:00am-2:00pm

Morning Set-Up (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5) - 8:00am-11:00am

Afternoon Session (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5) - 11:00am-4:30pm

Evening Session (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5) - 5:00pm-10:30pm

***Consuming alcohol and/or bacon samples during your shift is prohibited***