It's a good thing you can never have too much bacon because Bakersfield has two chances to pile on the pork (and wash it down with a few brews) this fall. We did some digging so you can see how these festivities measure up strip for strip and pour for pour.
First comes the Bakersfield Baconfest, a fundraiser for the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House, on Oct. 5. VIPs get in from 1 to 6 p.m., while general admission ticket holders get in at 2 p.m. The bacon will be dished out at JC's Place downtown at 1901 Chester Ave.
Tickets will run you $45 in advance, $55 on the day of the fest; $65 in advance or $75 at the event for VIP entry.
Tickets include unlimited samples of bacon and pork dishes, as well as a dozen 3-ounce alcohol samples. VIPs also have access to a lounge with seating and private bar, along with a swag bag and T-shirt. Live bands and DJs will provide the soundtrack for the event.
The lineup includes 20 food vendors and 10 to 12 beer and wine vendors. On the liquor side, guests can sample bacon-infused whisky, bacon bloody marys and bacon margaritas
Buy tickets at BakersFIT Training Studio, 2601 Union Ave., online or via Vallitix, with additional fees. Visit i56178.wix.com/baconfest for more details.
Next up is the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival on Nov. 8. The festival benefits Today I Choose, a group in pursuit of nonprofit status to help at-risk youth, Covenant Community Services and Active 20-30 Christmas Experience.
This event serves up bacon and brews from noon to 5 p.m. at Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Early bird tickets are $40 plus fees until Oct. 5, general admission is $50 after that date, and $60 at the door. A nice option for non-drinkers, bacon-only tickets are $20 until Oct. 5 and $25 after. VIP tickets are $100 and include VIP area access with a full catered meal, expanded drink selection, special parking and shirt. VIP tables of eight are $750.
General tickets get you endless bacon samples and unlimited craft beer samples. Twenty breweries will be on hand pouring more than 50 beers and 30 food vendors will be bring home the bacon.
Get tickets and details online at baconandcraftbeerfest.com or via Vallitix.