In case you missed the action, here’s a recap of Florida’s Inaugural Bacon Festival. Bacon Fest Florida, 2013 was held at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino on Saturday, February 23rd from 6-11pm. It was hosted by Chef Todd Fisher, Discovery’s Destination America TV Show, “United States of Bacon”. Over 20 South Florida restaurants turned out to the event wearing their chef coats, giving out samples of their… unconventional, yet delicious, bacon-inspired dishes. In order to showcase their creativity and culinary prowess, vendors needed to come up with some out-of-the-box uses for bacon, other than the classic bacon-wrapped chicken. Of course, that dish was in attendance, but it took a backseat to some of the stranger concoctions, such as Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon-infused Popcorn, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Bacon, among others. There was even a food truck, Ms. Cheezious, handing out grilled goat cheese and bacon sandwiches.
Bacon-wrapped shrimp (stuffed with jalapenos and cheese)
Grilled bacon with sour cream
Maple-bacon cupcakes – of which I ate three!
The Maple-Bacon Cupcake Tower
MS. Cheezious Food Truck
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Covered Bacon
Entertainment for the event did not disappoint, either – from Radio Station Power 96’s DJ Zog to actor Kevin Bacon’s band, The Bacon Brothers, to The Dan Band, from movies such as Old School and The Hangover. Other activities at the event included bowling, bean bag toss, and even a mechanical hog named Harley. Everyone walked around wearing plastic bacon bracelets, drinking bacon-flavored vodka and wearing their bacon-inspired merchandise, which were for sale at the “Bacon Merch” booth.
Chef Todd Fisher – United States of Bacon
DJ Zog – Power 96
The Dan Band – Pre-show
The Dan Band – Post-show
The Bacon Brothers Band
Kevin Bacon jamming out
Chef Todd Fisher riding Harley the mechanical hog
Overall, this sold out event was a great success, gathering thousands of bacon enthusiasts from across the state (and elsewhere). I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next year!
Were you able to attend Bacon Fest this year? What was your favorite part?