If you didn’t make it to the first annual Baconfest in downtown Roanoke on Aug. 31, then all you need to do is check out the photos on our story right here to understand what a fun and delicious experience it must have been.
I checked in with chief BaconFest organizer Cassandra Williams to find out more about how it went. Williams called it a success, saying the festival raised $1,000 for Commonwealth Autism Services and $700 for United Way of the Roanoke Valley, which helped out with volunteers for the event.
Vendors at the event included Fun Times Concessions, Noke Truck, KupKakery, Elephant Walk Restaurant & Lounge, Slushies, Fork In The Market, Roanoke Bagel Company, The Kettle Cooker Express, Fat Daddy’s BBQ, Bacon Bites, Cupcake Cottage, First & Sixth, Stoney Badger Tavern and Peaks of Otter Winery. Williams said the average vendor sold more than 1,000 samples and the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Elephant Walk, sold more than 2,000.
The Elephant Walk offered a hickory smoked bacon milkshake, potato chips with hickory smoked bacon, and barbecued pork belly wrapped in bacon with apple cider glaze. As the champion, the Elephant Walk is now eligible to compete in the World Food Championship’s “Bacon World Championship” competition in November in Las Vegas, NV. I understand that Peter Radjou, owner of the restaurant (and also the head chef at Roanoke Catholic School!) does plan to compete, but I’m going to talk to him more about that soon.
“Next year’s BaconFest will be held at Elmwood Park on Saturday, August 2nd,” said Williams. “Since International Bacon Day will unfortunately always coincide with the start of College football we’re moving up our festivities to August 2nd to make sure no one would ever have to choose between their love of bacon and their love of football!”
Did you go to the festival? If so, tell us how YOU thought it went.