The team behind America Loves Bacon bring The inaugural Maryland Bacon Festival to Rash Field in downtown Baltimore on April 26th, 2014. This extraordinary culinary adventure will be all the fun of a bacon themed block party mixed with a full scale festival experience. Join us as over 30 of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks, several of the area’s top bands, and thousands of the area’s top food lovers gather to celebrate an american tradition – BACON. This event will feature both bacon sampling and full sized bacon cuisine, bacon confectionary delights, bacon eating contests, bacon cooking demonstrations, live music from some of the area’s top bands (who also love bacon), a bacon themed children’s zone, bacon cooking competitions, full service bars with beer, liquor, wine and bacon themed cocktails, a vendor village featuring various non-food bacon themed vendors and much more.
We dedicated ourselves to finding the restaurants, food trucks, and confectionaries to prepare the most astounding recipes for the perfect meat. You will have the unique opportunity to sample each of their multiple creations as well as purchase full size dishes. Expect a wide variety of everything bacon from appetizers to desserts and everything in between, this will be a Bacon Lovers Dream.
This event will feature a non-food vendor area that is sure to amaze as vendors from all areas of the bacon spectrum come to sell their wares. From bacon candles to bacon jams to tactical bacon – you can expect the unexpected of bacon at this consortium of merchants looking to promote the bacon life.
As if the full flavor spectrum of bacon delights is not enough, we will be bringing in some of the area’s top bands to provide entertainment for the evening and really take this bacon bash to the festival level. Hosting the stage for the day will be Maryland’s own Jimi HaHa of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack.
Cooking & Cocktail Demonstrations
So you have just inhaled the finest Bacon dish of your life but now terror sets in as you realize you may never get to taste this perfection ever again. Not to worry, many of the Chefs will be conducting step by step cooking demonstrations. If you listen intently, with a little practice and some basic skill, you will be able to recreate many recipes at home.
The 2014 Maryland Bacon-Off
Ready for the biggest bacon battle your taste buds have every seen – participating Chef’s & Mixologists will show off their skills in one of the largest bacon battles to happen since America was born. Participants will compete in one or more of 4 categories – appetizers, entrees, dessert, and/or cocktails – to see who will reign supreme in their respective league.
Bacon Eating Competition
You have seen them every fourth of July. You know what I am talking about. Those poor souls that spend all of their time gorging themselves on lowly hot dogs just to win some money and other prizes. Hardly worth it. All that effort stuffing their faces with meat and it is not even Bacon. Well, at our Festival, we will do it right with the Olympics of Bacon Eating !!! … Yup, we will have the biggest, most astonishing and literally breath taking Bacon Eating Contest in the history of the Universe (I am assuming that Bacon only exists on Earth). Yes there will be prizes and they also include bacon.
Full Service Bars
A full day of Bacon eating may just be the most enjoyable thing you ever do in your life. It will be a celebration of all that is good and just in the world. But what is a party without fine beverages? Guess what? … We also have that covered (we’re pretty good, right?). There will be full service bars with Beer, Liquor, Wine and, of course, Bacon cocktails. We will also have bottled water, soft drinks, and other liquid delights to wash all the yummy, porky delightfulness down.