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The Second Annual Bacon and Beer Fest

01.07.2015 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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The 2nd annual Bacon and Beer Festival is happening soon! Did you get a ticket yet? This is the second year that this Festival, hailed as “explosively popular” (Boston Globe) and “a bacon bacchanalia” (Drink Philly), is coming to Texas. Founded in Boston five years ago by Eat Boston, the Bacon and Beer Festival has hosted sold-out events in Boston, Denver, San Francisco, and Philadelphia before setting their sights on Austin last year to a sold-out crowd of devoted pork and brew fans.

The second annual Austin Bacon and Beer Festival will take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Downtown Austin events venue Fair Market (1100 East 5th Street) was chosen to host the Festival this year, promising easy entry, parking and plenty of room to enjoy the bacon-centric dishes and craft beer from 30 notable Central Texas restaurants and 12 area craft breweries, including such Austin favorites as Barley Swine, Odd Duck, Salty Sow and Searsucker (see full list of restaurants and breweries at edibleaustin.com/baconandbeer).

Austin Bacon and Beer Festival benefits Capital Area Food Bank, hoping to top last year’s festival donation of $10,000 to the largest hunger relief organization in the region.

New this year is a special opportunity for 30 guests to purchase a special pre-sale package featuring a Porchetta Butchering Demo and Cooking Class—which includes a ticket to the festival. Hosted at Wheatsville Food Co-op’s community room at their South Lamar location on Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m., the butchering and cooking demo will be taught by Chef Andrew Curren of 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden, Arro (and soon to open Italic and Irene’s). The class includes a porchetta and field greens salad plate paired with samplings from local craft brewers and cheeses from Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese. This is a perfect gift for the holidays for your favorite foodie to enjoy a chef-taught class and to secure festival tickets before they sell out once they go on sale to the public. Porchetta class tickets on sale soon! To buy tickets, go to edibleaustin.com/baconandbeer.

The Austin Bacon and Beer Festival e-mail list is the best way to stay in the loop about the festival and ticketing details. Enthusiasts can sign up at edibleaustin.com/baconandbeer.

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