Get that Lipitor prescription ready, because the dates are now set for BaconFest Sacramento. The second edition of this veritable pork-a-palooza will run from Jan. 20 through Jan. 27 at various locales around Sacramento. The details are still being flushed out, but highlights include a Bacon Fest Sacramento Chef's Challenge at Mulvaney's B&L Pig on the Corner on Jan. 27, the second annual "Kevin Bacon Tribute Night" on Jan. 25 with local bands covering tunes from Kevin Bacon movies at Old Ironsides (chef Mike Thiemann of Ella will prepare the grub), and even a coloring book contest for kids at Doughbot throughout the week.
A series of Bacon Fest dinners and specials will also be held throughout the week, and happy hour specials at local watering holes. Participants on board thus far include: Bacon and Butter (duh), Magpie Cafe, the soon-to-be opened Low Brau (in the former Lounge ON20 spot at 20th & K), Shady Lady, Pangaea Two Brews Cafe and Selland's Market Cafe.
Last year's Bacon Fest was marked by food items selling out and a whole lot of full tummies. The event has grown from three days in its inaugural year to a full week and up to 20 participating venues. That's due in large part to sponsorship this year from the California Pork Producers Association, which is helping to fund some of the events.
"For me, bacon never goes out of style," said Brian Guido, a co-founder of Bacon Fest Sacramento. "We purposely chose places that source good ingredients and make good things from them. The sponsorship allows us to expand the resources for our chefs, and give them access to farmers. We're aiming to get as much product as we can from northern California."
For more information, visit the web site for Bacon Fest Sacramento.