Forget about bringing home the bacon. It's time to go out and enjoy some this weekend at Bakersfield Baconfest, the first swine soiree this fall (Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival happens Nov. 8).

Tickets are still available for Sunday's event at JC's Place downtown. The samples include themed items like maple bacon old-fashioned cocktails from Eureka!, bacon pie from Jerry's Pizza, maple bacon ice cream bars from La Rosa and more from vendors such as Highland Cafe, Uncle's BBQ and the Padre Hotel.

General admission is $45, which includes unlimited food tastings and a dozen 3-ounce alcohol samples. VIPs pay $65, granting them early entrance (1 p.m.), exclusive parking, access to a VIP lounge with full catering and bar and a swag bag with a T-shirt, souvenir cup and gift cards for Eureka! and McDonald's bacon clubhouse burgers.

One lucky VIP will win a $225 gift card from the Limousine Scene, which can be used for two hours of service or toward any of the company's tours.

Music will be provided by Velorio, Therese and the Sweetness and Amity Flow.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the local Ronald McDonald House, helping sick children and their families.

Tickets and more information available at

-- Stefani Dias, The Bakersfield Californian,

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