Tickets for Bourbon & BBQ fundraiser on sale Friday

August 18, 2021, by Tami

smoke-barrel.pngTickets on Sale Friday at 9 am for
Smoke & Barrel

Fundraiser benefiting United Way of Southwest Louisiana will celebrate the best Bourbons, BBQ, and Whiskeys on courthouse lawn

LAKE CHARLES, LA. – Smoke & Barrel announces VIP tickets for its third year will go on sale Friday, August 20 at 9 am. The event will take place Saturday, November 20 in downtown Lake Charles on the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse lawn and Ryan Street. A celebration of Bourbon, BBQ, and whiskey, Smoke & Barrel, will transform downtown with live music and food from out of this world pit-masters all to benefit United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s ongoing efforts to rebuild the area.

Smoke & Barrel will kick off at 1 pm under the oaks and is the area’s preeminent social events. VIP tickets are $100 per person and are not available for purchase at the event.

“We’re thrilled to once again be planning the launch of the third year of this event,” says Nathaniel Allured of Smoke & Barrel, Inc. “Providing guests with a best-of-class experience is our goal and we look at all aspects of the event as an opportunity to make it successful.”

Each VIP ticket includes access to a bourbon and whiskey tasting with 75 offerings, Smoke & Barrel commemorative glass, VIP restroom access, VIP social tent access, VIP entertainment area, and the ability to order any bourbon or whiskey served at a special Smoke & Barrel discount. Complimentary wine, beer and bottled water are offered for VIP ticket holders not interested the bourbon and whiskey tasting.

“We had to reschedule several times last year due to hurricane damage, so we are looking forward to bringing everyone together for an afternoon,” explains Adam Fontenot, Smoke & Barrel, Inc. “We’re thankful for the VIP ticketholders that held on to their tickets and are ready to celebrate.”

BBQ Vendors will include Big Thicket Barbecue, Fire & Oak, Smokehouse 36 and The Hut.

Live music will include Pine Leaf Boys and The Band of Heathens with a dance floor ready to go.

VIP ticketholders must be 21 years of age or older. No ticket is required for viewing the live entertainment from outside the VIP area or to purchase food from outside vendors.

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is organizing the volunteers for the event. Anyone interested in supporting the event on Saturday, November 20 will receive a t-shirt and access to the volunteer green room. Shifts include opportunities to set-up, serve food, take tickets and assist guests in the different areas of the site. Volunteers interested can sign up online at

For more information about the event, visit the Smoke & Barrel website.

Smoke & Barrel Whiskey Sponsors include CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Digikast, The Grounds Guys, Party Central and Visit Lake Charles. Smoke & Barrel Pitmaster Sponsors include Advanced Personal Care, Globenet and Vamvoras Antoon.
To sponsor Smoke & Barrel see the website.

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Smoke & Barrel is a nonprofit that offers unique best-of-class experiences in Southwest Louisiana by highlighting quality food, drink, and live performances. Proceeds from the events assist human services nonprofits.
- Smoke & Barrel
- Road to Recovery Drive-In Theatre
- Louisiana Brew Mile


Working with the community and many partners for 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana tackles the critical human services issues facing our five-parish footprint of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis. Our United approach is changing the odds for all children, families and individuals in the community, so that we all have the opportunity to succeed.
- Operating in the TOP 9% of all U.S. United Ways. –TOP 125 out of 1300 United Ways!
- Maintains a 4-STAR charity rating with Charity Navigator and a PLATINUM SEAL OF TRANSPARENCY with GuideStar