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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bacon Festival 2015 Details + My Top 10 Favorite Dishes at the Bacon Festival Last Year

The Big Bite Bacon Fest is returning to The Queen Mary on August 1-2, 2015. Dozens of local restaurants and chefs will offer culinary samples plus more than 15 local breweries will be sampling a variety of craft beers. Check out details of the 2015 Bacon Festival below plus READ about our 10 FAVORITE BACON DISHES from last year's Bacon Festival below:


2015 LONG BEACH BACON FESTIVAL FOOD:

Star bacon purveyors include Red Leprechaun with their coveted pulled pork sliders, Stuff N’ It Burgers’ stuffed bacon bombs, Fry Fry Truck’s bacon filled Twinkies and bacon cheddar french fries and Go Fushion & Grill’s pork-adillas. 

Dia De Los Puercos will offer their infamous hog pocket, bacon churros and spicy bacon corn slaw. Artesana Pops will feature the mouth-watering bacon ice pops, Slater’s 50/50 will bring their award winning B’B’B’ bacon burger, Waffle-Oh will bring the bacon waffle-ohs and Sugar Spin will sample their salted caramel bourbon spiced candied bacon cotton candy and breakfast for dinner cotton candy.



BACON FESTIVAL 2015 TICKETS:


The 2nd annual Big Bite Bacon Fest 2015 will offer a choice of a daytime or evening tasting session on Saturday, August 1 and one daytime tasting session on Sunday, August 2.

VIP bacon lovers will gain entry to the event one hour prior to all other guests, have access to the exclusive VIP bacon lounge with shaded seating and tastings, receive a souvenir cup, access to private restrooms, and the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the majestic Queen Mary ship.  

To purchase tickets visit www.queenmary.com and www.bigbiteevents.com.



bacon festival long beach

2014 POST ON OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE BACON FEST:

TOP 10 FAVORITE DISHES FROM 2014 BACON FESTIVAL:

Last week, we attended the Bacon Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. This was the first Bacon Festival held there and I'm so glad we were able to go. They said there's gonna be unlimited tastings of over 40 bacon dishes and I was curious as to what dishes they can come up with and if they were gonna be good. Check out which ones are the clear winner below.


Though the Bacon Fest was a first in Long Beach. Tickets were sold out for both noon and afternoon tastings. Not everyone serve bacon though, some were pork-inspired dishes. I did like most of the dishes except maybe one(BLT shots). They also had beer samplings, but our tickets were only for the food. There's a booth selling lemonade but the ShareACoke caravan was also giving out free Coke, and I finally got to make a Coke can with our names on it. Sweet!!!

bacon festival long beach queen mary


Out of everything we ate.. which was a lot. Here's my Top 10 Favorite Bacon and Pork inspired dishes from the Bacon Festival arranged in the order of which I want to eat again, either at next year's Bacon Festival(Yes, they are planning on a second one already). Or maybe I'd have to trek the restaurants from where the yummy dishes came from. Check my list below:

1. Pig Candy by BigMista's
Thick slice of maple bacon with cayenne, brown sugar and pork rub. It was amazing. I wanted to get seconds. But by the time we finish our rounds on all the dishes. We were too full and the lines were already long. I'm still thinking about those bacon though!!!

bacon festival food

2. The Queen Mary's Mango Coconut Bacon Macaroon
Oh my.. Everyone is talking about this at the bacon festival. I'm a fan of the regular macaroons. But having tried this interesting combination of sweet savory macaroon. There's no looking back. I ate 4. I hope there was enough for everyone. Burp.

bacon dessert dish bacon macaroon

3. Slater 50/50's Bacon Burger
This is my 3rd favorite, but the hubby considered this his favorite of all at the Bacon Festival. Imagine a burger patty with 50% beef and 50% bacon then topped with fried egg and another bacon slice. Need I say more?

bacon burger picture

4. "Eastern Style" Pulled Pork on Brioche by The Red Leprechan. I didn't think it was gonna be good. Slow cooked pulled pork in a tangy East Carloina BBQ sauce with garlic aioli and warm slaw. It won me over at first bite.

bacon sandwich

5. Bacon Pop Tarts from The Prince and Pantry. Interesting combination. I wanted more but we were only half way through our tasting.

bacon poptarts

6. Chicharrones with Bacon & Hot Sauce by Big Bubba's Bad BBQ. Chicharrones is chicharrones.. I'm not sure if you can do it wrong. But I don't mind getting more to snack on, especially with bacon. They were frying this on site and the lines were also long. It would have been perfect if we had a beer with it.

chicharones

7. Bacon Wrapped Cheese Poppers. I forgot by whom. But thank you. I love cream cheese on everything.

jalapeƱo poppers

8. Dirty Ice from Whole Foods. I actually don't have a close up picture of it. It was in a very small cup, I didn't think it was gonna be good.. then bam.. what was that. Thumbs up Whole Foods, but you can let go of the gumbo if you do join again next year.:)

bacon festival 2015

9. Jalapeno Bacon Mini Cupcake from Twisted Sweets. Just the right balance of sweet & spicy.

bacon cupcake

10. Bacon Sundae from Farrel's Ice Cream Parlour. Who knew vanilla ice cream, fresh banana slices and bacon go together? It did. And I told the hubby I'm taking him to their restaurant on his birthday, since we've never been there and we're such ice cream lovers.

farrell's bacon ice cream

The hubby said there was a good bacon taco too(where was my share? he ate it all?) and we missed out on the Hog Pocket from Dia de los Puercos, they were limiting the service so I couldn't give it credit if credit is due.

Here are the other bacon dishes we tried:

bacon and corn dish

bacon festival long beach 2015

bacon dish recipe

bacon dessert

bacon hotdog

bacon donut

We also received a swine swag bag, Got Porked t-shirt, personal beer cup and caddy. And Illy Coffee was outside giving out really yummy cold coffee concoctions.

bacon festival queen mary long beach

I thought the event was great, music was upbeat. If you didn't get the VIP entrance though, you might be stuck waiting for your food in very long lines. I hope they can improve on this next year. Including sampling the dishes that will be serve to make sure each one is great before the actual bacon festival.(I don't mind volunteering to taste test them, haha). There were stuffs for kids to do and entrance to the Queen Mary ship was also free with your bacon fest tickets. All in all, I love the event and I look forward to attending again next year.

disclosure: we received tickets to attend the event. Content/Opinions are my own. Experiences may vary.

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7 comments :

  1. wow amazing! I've never heard or seen any of these, most sound like something you could get at a fair, but much better!!! That's a whole lotta' yummy fun!!

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  2. This looks great! I imagine the smell at this festival is wonderful. I also imagine this could clog an artery, but what a way to go. The chicharrones and pulled pork looks delicious.

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  3. WOW!! this looks like an amazing even, I don't think I have ever been to a bacon festival before, but then again I don't eat that much pork but it sure did look good :)

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  4. If I only lived in California. This is awsome my whole family would enjoy this

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  5. Bacon is the best, and this all looks amazing!

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  6. I will have to try this next year.

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  7. This festival looks amazing! I love bacon!

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