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3rd Annual Bacon Bash Texas

texas bacon bash 2014On October 18th in Cranfills Gap, a town about 50 miles from Waco, the 3rd Annual Bacon Bash Texas will bring beer, bands, and of course delicious bacon to the masses.

The event will be held at the Horny Toad Bar & Grill, and will also feature a bacon cook-off in addition to the music, beer, and food available.

As for the music, the website for the event lists no specific bands, mentioning only “local band” will be in attendance. So if you’re from Cranfills Gap, and dig the local music scene, you might be excited by that! If not, I’m sure the music will be good just the same.

Tickets are $50 (according to their site – some sources are reporting $40 incorrectly). The ticket price includes access to the bash, a few drinks, and all the bacon you can eat. If you bring a coat or blanket to donate to Niki Warms the Cold, you’ll be entered to win a Kent Wenzel “Bite My Butt” box. There’s no info on what exactly that is, but one assumes a bacon-related prize. The proceeds from the Bash will also go to Niki Warms the Cold, who will use this year’s money to send a diabetic kid to Camp Sweeny – a residential camp for diabetic kids.

The bash officially begins at 5:00, and the free bacon sampling ends at 8:00. But that’s also when the music starts, so feel free to hang around!

The Bacon Bash is a 21-and-up event due to the copious amount of suds being passed around. You’ve got two weeks to find a sitter…get to it!

 

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Inaugural Bacon Fest in Savannah, GA

river street bacon festSavannah, GA will be hosting its first ever Bacon Fest this weekend, September 5-6. It will be held on Savannah’s historic River Street, a cobblestone street on the Savannah river where tourists go to step into the 17th century, eat some awesome local seafood, and get majorly drunk.

The event is the idea of the Savannah Waterfront Association, though this year it’s not like it’s that hard to come up with this kind of idea. Tons of cities are having their first Bacon Fest this year.

Local restaurants will be bringing out their best bacon dishes, and the Chocolat choclatier will even be bringing out some bacon butter pecan toffee! I’ve lived in Georgia all my life, and Savannah is a popular destination for us Georgians for a quick weekend trip. So I’ve been there a lot, and know there is some seriously quality food in Savannah. Their takes on bacon dishes can be quite delicious.

The Back in the Day bakery makes a bacon jam sandwich that’s wonderful. A bar called Andaz makes candied bacon that’s fantastic. And as I understand it there will be a number of new creations featured as well.

The festivities kick off at 4:00 p.m. on September 5. There will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (part of the First Friday thing). On Saturday, the festival continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be crafts from local artisans in sale in Rousakis Plaza, and t-shirts on sale for $7 to $11.

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Happy International Bacon Day!

Today is International Bacon Day! 

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If you’re looking to celebrate, there are festivals in a lot of cities. If you don’t have one nearby and aren’t already on the way to one, maybe you should host your own!

We have a ton of bacon recipes on this site; make as many as you like, have some friends over, and have a bacon party!

Bacon Day started in 2000 by some bacon loving pioneers in Bradford, MA (or so say a few articles about it), though at least one blogger claims to have invented it himself in 2005. It’s not all that important who created it though – the point is it’s a great day to celebrate a great food!

Bacon Recipes for Bacon Day!

 

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Baconfest This Weekend in Johnson City, TN

johnson city tn baconfest 2014Tomorrow, August 30, 2014, is Baconfest in Johnson City, TN. It will be the 3rd annual Tri-Cities Baconfest hosted by Positive Approach Events, and the second one in Johnson City (the original was held at the Bristol Motor Speedway).

Baconfest will be held at the Millenium Center. The event will feature a singer/songwriter competition, local arts and crafts vendors, a Mister & Miss Baconfest competition, and of course lots of bacon themed foods from local restaurants.

There will be a Man vs. Bacon eating competition just as the past two years. Qualifying rounds are held before the festival, with the main event taking place on stage at the event itself.

If you buy your ticket by 8:00 Friday night, you’ll also be able to enter to win free bacon for a year! So, if you don’t have your ticket yet, hurry up and get one!

Want a discount? In honor of the opening of the Tweetsie Trail, all Baconfest attendees who have purchased tickets to the Tweetsie Trail Trek will get $10 off VIP or General Admission tickets to Baconfest! Just use the coupon code TREK when you buy your Baconfest tickets.

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Sizzle Bacon Eatery Opening This Week in Columbia

sizzle bacon eateryDidn’t I tell ya? On the heels of the Bar Brutus story, there’s a new bacon-themed restaurant opening up this week.

It’s called Sizzle, and owner Gary Uwanawich has been testing his bacon based menu items for the past week. According to their Facebook page, their grand opening will be this Thursday.

As you might expect, the restaurant will feature appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks all using bacon as a key ingredient. Some of their dishes will include “totchos,” a sort of tater tot nachos topped with bacon, and Sizzle rolls, an eggroll made with pulled pork and bacon. But so far, the most popular item has been their Sizzle Sauce, a signature dipping sauce served with bacon and fries. It includes bacon dust, though Uwanawich isn’t forthcoming about the other ingredients.

Some good news: The prices range from $7-15 for the most of the appetizers and entrees, and despite soaring bacon prices, Uwanawich says he won’t be raising his prices any time soon. “Our prices won’t increase because bacon went up,” he says.

Which is good, because it’s been going nuts. The price of bacon has nearly doubled from $3.61 per pound in 2008 to just over $6.00 now. Its popularity has risen significantly over the last few years, prompting the price hikes that probably haven’t finished yet.

But at least at Sizzle, the prices will remain the same for the foreseeable future!

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Sneakers Bistro Removes Sign…and That’s Okay!

sneakers bistro and cafeSneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski, VT has somehow started a controversy recently. They put up a sign in a local rotary that read “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” Which seems innocuous enough. But after complaints from a local woman who said she was a vegan and “member of a Muslim household” (which is slightly ambiguous – perhaps not Muslim herself, but at least related to some), the restaurant removed the sign.

Part of the issue – apart from being offended by the endorsement of pig meat – is that the sign was put up on public property. So the city was also endorsing bacon, by association at least. So there is some validity to the complaint, though it’s an unusual sort. You can’t post religious materials on public property, so what one might call “religiously insensitive” materials are something one could have a logical gripe with.

Of course, one might wonder where the line would be with this sort of thing. Religious doctrine is extensive and varies a lot between various religions. As is often pointed out, wearing clothing made of two materials (i.e. poly/cotton blends) is technically a violation of Jewish/Christian dogma. Should we ban the wearing of such fabrics in public areas? Obviously not, but is that so different from disallowing a bacon related sign?

yield for sneakers baconStill, offended citizens are offended citizens, and if there are enough people who agree, it’s bad business to display the sign anyway. So if your restaurant is getting a bad reputation in the town, and that reputation is spreading onto the internet, fix it. Right?

Not so, according to a ton of hate Sneakers has received since deciding to pull the sign down. Facebook pages have popped up dedicated to spewing bile at the small business. “Please try to tell as many people as you can around there about this ISIS loving anti-American business,” wrote one commenter. “Let’s run them out of business and then run the owners out if the USA. They can go open a place in Palestine.”

“Thanks for supporting and giving into the Muslims! I’ll never eat at your restaurant!” another commenter wrote. In this commentor’s opinion, we can logically substitute “Muslims” for “terrorists.” Because he lost his moral compass in 2003.

The irony is that so many commentors are calling this an issue of free speech, and yet they’re angry about the bistro’s exercising that freedom. Last time I checked, freedom of speech included the freedom to be quiet, too.

I often hear that “freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.” This is often said when some bigot gets into the news by outing themself as such (Dan Cathy from Chick-fil-A, the Duck Dynasty guy, etc.). The point being that just because you’re allowed to say whatever you want, doesn’t mean that you won’t have to suffer consequences for saying it (having your fried chicken restaurant boycotted, a drop in ratings for your show, etc.). But it seems like the people who support those who have made inflammatory statements will get angry if the speaker changes his mind and apologizes for offending people.

I understand this from unenlightened rednecks (note: not all rednecks are stupid – I’m from the south, and know that they come in many varieties) who are happy that a reality star or restaurant owner publicly stated he hates someone. But are we as bacon lovers not better than that? Do we not possess a little more civility?

The thing about bacon – and the reason it has become such a craze – is that it is almost universally beloved. Muslims and Jews do not eat it; and we can respect their religious views. Vegetarians and vegans do not eat it, but even they enjoy bacon substitutes. In the pork-eating world, everyone from the richest CEO to the poorest of the poor loves bacon. So, like the world itself, bacon lovers come in many shapes, sizes, colors, genders, religions, creeds, sexual orientations…all walks of life! As such, I think we can and should respect diversity.

So if one among our ranks – such as the bacon-loving owner of Sneakers Bistro and Cafe – decides he doesn’t want to offend someone with his love of bacon, let’s not give him a bunch of crap for it, okay? It would do more damage for the reputation of bacon lovers if we shoved our love of bacon in everyone’s faces and refused to back down when feelings got hurt. We’re bacon-maniacs – not jerks.

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Bacon Labor Day in Simpsonville, SC Benefits Local K9 Cops

bacon labor day logoSimpsonville, SC will be hosting a Bacon Labor Day event on September 1st. It’s the first event of this sort they will be putting on, though they hope to make it an annual one.

Leading up to the event, there has been a “Parade of Pigs,” where 19 piggy banks have been placed around the city to accept donations. These include the Dark Pig (a Batman-esque pig), Frenchie (a very fahsionable piggy), and Deerhog (a pig with antlers), among others.

The event will be divided into four areas.

parade of pigs labor dayThe Bacon Strip is where you’ll find bacon themed food including bacon funnel cakes, bacon sundaes, bacon kettle corn, bacon mac & cheese, and of course bacon burgers.

The Pork Barrel will feature local craft beers and wines.

The Bacon Bits is the kid area, featuring pig lassoing, corn hole, kids in a blanket races, and more.

The Bacon Jam Stage will have live music, DJ music throughout the day, a K9 demonstration, and an auction to win a police ride along.

There will also be a car show for classic car enthusiasts to check out while they’re chowing down on bacon and beer.

simpsonville k9 copsThe event will benefit the city’s new K9 police program, and their two new K9 cops Ace and Brix. The city estimates the cost for each animal’s first year to be about $23,000 each, so they are raising funds to help support the department.

Bacon Labor Day costs $3 per person (or $10 for 4 people). Kids under 5 are free, pets are not allowed.

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Kansas City 6th Annual Bacon Fest Raises Money for Charity

bacon fest kansas cityYesterday, the people of Kansas City, MO held their Sixth Annual Bacon-Fest. The event featured tons of creative bacon dishes, bacon drinks, live music, and of course plenty of beer. All guests also received a commemorative drink cup and Bacon-Fest t-shirt.

There was also a bacon-eating contest, something that any bacon lover can appreciate. The Perk, a local Kansas City radio station, posted this video of it.

The event was held inside, and from the buzz online, the large number of attendants were pleased for the air-conditioned environment. Which makes sense in August in Missouri.

Bacon-Fest is an annual event that benefits the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. The RIKC works to help children and adults with disabilities through medical rehabilitation, job placement, and many other helpful and necessary programs.

There is no official word on how much money was made just yet, but from the looks of it, they probably cleaned up. Attendance was fantastic, and at $50 a head, they’re no doubt swimming in cash. So now bacon doesn’t just have the power to be delicious, but also to raise money for charity!

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Bar Brutus, New Bacon Based Restaurant to Open in Montreal

bacon sushi bar brutusThere’s a new restaurant and bar opening up in Montreal that’s all about bacon. It’s called Bar Brutus, and it features bacon in every recipe, from the appetizers to the drinks.

It’s being opened by Anthoni Jodoin. He wants the restaurant to be “approachable and friendly, but with a classy and refined vibe.” Based on the decor, it looks like it’s meant to capture the old fashioned gentlemanly vibe of classic barber shops. Manly and classy.

Bar Brutus will feature several signature bacon-based dishes, including bacon sushi and Jägerpoutine (fries topped with red caramelized onions, cheese, bacon, and Jägermeister gravy). But their most innovative creation? Something called the Hot Pig – the world’s first 100% bacon sausage.

bar brutus decor barber poleJodoin scored sponsorships from drink brands Jägermeister and Red Bull by incorporating their names (or products) into recipes, such as the Jägerpoutine, which is also served in a half a Jägermeister bottle, and the Red Bull chicken wings (just a play on the company’s “Red Bull gives you wings” slogan).

The bacon craze definitely appears to be in full swing with bacon festivals all over the place, and now themed restaurants opening up. I would expect to see a lot more restaurants like bar Brutus opening in the near future, especially once other potential restauranteurs see this one perform well (which it seems like it will).

The bar will open as soon as their liquor license is received. So people of Montreal, keep your schedules clear, and get ready to enjoy some quality drinks and cuisine!

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Cape Coral Bacon Fest This Weekend

cape coral bacon fest

Chris Bacus, owner of Ciao Wood Fired Pizza & Trattoria, prepares bacon wrapped scallops for Bacon Fest.

Cape Coral, Florida is kicking off their first ever Bacon Fest this weekend.

Rather than a traditional festival setting, this Bacon Fest is a restaurant crawl. Trolleys will take the bacon lovers to 13 different restaurants where they’ll enjoy many varied bacon items from entrees to appetizers, even desserts and drinks.

The Cape Coral Bacon Fest starts Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Participants will check in at 5:30 to get their wristband and passport at the Big John Plaza and club Square. The tickets are $20, and can be purchased at participating restaurants. You must be 21 years old to attend (several of the places are bars).

These sorts of restaurant crawls have become popular recently as a way to drive some foot traffic to downtown businesses. They sometimes have themes, but this is the first bacon themed crawl I’ve heard of.

If you live in the area, or if you’ll be visiting, you should definitely check it out. Because it’s a local thing, I wouldn’t advise travelling for this one, but if you’re bored, it could be a lot of fun!

Check out their local news page for a list of restaurants.

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