Sweet, savory, tangy, and mouth-watering; that is what best describes the various tastes of bacon. There will be a conference dedicated to all things bacon on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, unlike any other. The West Michigan BaCon Festival is a unique food tasting conference that was made specifically for the bacon and beer lovers of the world.
“This is a fun and creative food event and people love all things bacon,” said Chris Hudson, director of Event Development and Sales at the DeltaPlex. “It’s an opportunity for bacon lovers to try lots of great bacon and beer.”
If you want to “make it bacon and enjoy the pig”, BaCon Fest offers participants a walk-around taste event where you can devour delicious, tasty bacon-inspired dishes served on small plates, cocktails, and brews from local chefs, connoisseurs, restaurants, artisans, breweries, and bacontrepreneurs. Restaurants have the chance to compete in three competitions at the Fest: the Fine Swine award, which goes to the restaurant who prepares the best dish; the Sueyeet Eats award, which goes to the most creative dish; the Top Hog award, which goes to the most popular dish, or the people’s choice.
The first ever West Michigan BaCon Festival was founded by the DeltaPlex Arena. It will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. in the evening. General admission into the conference is $20 and includes four beverage tickets and six food tickets. VIP BaCon Master admission includes eight beverage tickets, 12 food tickets, and a souvenir apron. Additional tickets can be bought at the conference for $1 each. Tickets are on sale now at www.deltaplex.com or at the DeltaPlex Arena box office, 2500 Turner Ave. There will be a $3 discount to ticket buyers who bring a Kids’ Food Basket donation item to the box office. A portion of the proceeds made from this year’s BaCon Fest go to the Kids’ Food Basket charity, which serves over 5,000 kids at 30 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon because one in four children experience hunger in West Michigan.
More information on the West Michigan BaCon Festival can be found at www.grbaconfest.com.
“BaCon will be an amazing event and if you love bacon and beer, this is the place for you,” Hudson said.