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.
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