The inaugural Bacon and Beer Festival was an event for the taste buds! My first reaction when I pulled into the parking lot was getting over the immense crowd lined up outside. I had no idea it was going to be such a popular event, but the delicious tasty treats were sure worth the line around the block. More than half of the proceeds from the event, 55 percent, will be going to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).
My absolute favorite dish was OMG! Cheesecakery’s Bacon Maple Cheesecake. The mini cheesecake dish was simply pure perfection, and the only one that even though we were stuffed to the gills my friend and I agreed on that we had to go back for one more bite.
Then, Searsucker’s Three Little Pigs in a Blanket was also really divine. The dish was made up of pork belly, pork shoulder and bacon served with lettuce, tomato, cheese and an amazing baco-naise wrapped in a ‘blanket.’
One that especially to me was the Deep Fried Risotto Balls from Cipolina. The tasty little treats were fried to perfection, not to greasy just delicious and the bacon inside was superb. The last dish to make my ‘best of’ list was the Tequila Bocan Bacon from Hoover’s Cooking. The house cured pork belly was served over garlic cheese grits with a glaze of tequila and Shiner Bock. Sampling the grits alone made me want to make my way over to Hoover’s ASAP to try the rest of their menu.