Correction: When I originally posted this entry, I said the Bacon Festival is Aug. 15. D’oh! The festival is Aug. 31. Tickets go on sale Aug. 15. Our corrections policy.
In this blog entry, you’ll find information about:
* Roanoke Bacon Festival (Aug. 31)
* History Museum and O. Winston Link Museum fundraiser (Aug. 9)
* Black Dog Summer Music Festival (Aug. 10)
* Open house at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s Heritage Point Farm (Aug. 3)
Lovers of that crispy fried pig flesh that now shows up in everything from breakfast to brownies will be excited to hear that Roanoke’s getting its very own Bacon Festival.
That’s right, on Saturday, August 31 at Railside Plaza in downtown Roanoke, ticket holders will be able to sample a variety of bacon-inspired dishes prepared by participating vendors. The smell alone would lure me there.
One of the festival organizers, Cassandra Williams, said she got the idea when she attended a bacon festival in upstate New York. By 11 a.m., they were sold out of bacon.
“I thought, you know, someone has to be able to do this better,” she said.
When I talked to Williams earlier this week, she said they had 5 confirmed vendors and about 15 considering the event. One of the confirmed vendors is a chocolatier and another is bringing a smoker from Lynchburg to make bacon-wrapped chicken wings and other goodies.
General admission is $5 and then you buy a tasting ticket of your choice. The “Piglet Portion” is four tickets for $10; the “Whole Hog” is 10 tickets for $20; and the “Triple Bypass” is 30 tickets for $50.
Williams said they’re still looking for both vendors and volunteers. Volunteers get free admission and four tasting tickets. If you’d be interested in being a vendor or a volunteer, go to baconfestva.com or to Baconfest VA on Facebook.
In other food event news…
* The History Museum of Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link Museum are holding a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 9 called In Alto Della Citta, or “At the Top of the Town.” The view should be spectacular because this event will take place on the rooftop at the newly renovated Center in the Square.
Tickets are $75 per person, include dinner and wine with live music provided by the Ron Downing Band. A cash bar will be available. The food will be catered by Olive Garden, which is donating the food, and will include salad, breadsticks, a choice of entrees (Lasagna, Portobello Ravioli, or Cappelini Pomodoro), Tiramisu and wine with your meal.
* The Black Dog Summer Music Festival will be Aug. 10 at Chateau Morrisette in Floyd County. According to a press release from the winery, the event will feature headliner JJ Grey and Mofro, with opening band Roscoe Bandana. Roscoe Bandana performs at 11:00 a.m. (which is when the festival starts) and JJ Grey and Mofro take the stage at 2:00. The festival lasts until 5 p.m.
Advance adult tickets (21 and over) are $25 and $30 at the gate and include a wine tasting and souvenir glass. Ages 13 – 20 and designated drivers are $20. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Participating wineries include Staburn Winery, Attimo Winery, Beliveau Estate, and of course, Chateau Morrisette. Food vendors will be on-site, so no picnics are allowed. Well-behaved dogs are allowed (which means mine would not be welcome).
For more info about the Summer Music Festival, click here.
* Tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 3), Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s farm, Heritage Point, will be open to the general public for tours. If you cannot make it this weekend, don’t fret. The farm will be open the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop by to meet the farmers, see the produce and flowers you can buy at the co-op, and even bring a picnic to eat on the farm. No pets. Heritage Point Farm is located at 2051 Blue Hills Drive, off of U.S. 460 near Bonsack. For more information, click here.