On Friday, November 6, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and Covenant House Florida will be teaming up again to host the second annual Bacon Bash at Esplanade Park.
"When partnering with Covenant House last year, we were looking to bring something new to Fort Lauderdale," said Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale events manager Cristina Hudson. "After seeing the success with bacon festivals across the country, we decided to test the waters to see how such an event would be received in Fort Lauderdale. It was a hit."
This year a general admission fee will get you as many bacon-based and bacon-infused dishes as you can handle — those both sweet and savory — from participating food trucks and restaurants. Bacon lovers of all ages are welcome to sample the
General admission tickets are available for purchase online at a discounted rate. For round two, Riverwalk has decided that rather than let people into the event for free and charge attendees per plate, a standard entry rate would be the way to go. This year, a $35 pre-paid entry fee will get you access to unlimited delicious bacon infused food tastings.
Or treat yourself to the VIP Biergarten Experience ($75 prepaid) which includes general admission access as well as unlimited tastings of craft beer from Funky Buddha Brewery, Barrel of Monks, Wynwood Brewing Company, Florida Beer Company, and other local breweries. The event also features bourbon samplings from Angel's Envy, Michter's, William Grant & Sons, and Woodford Reserve.
"This year, we've expanded the area of the event to make it a ticketed event. There will be restaurants from Broward, West Palm, and Miami Dade Counties that will be offering their own unique bacon creations in an attempt to win the titles of "Most Creative Use of Bacon" and "Best Overall" bacon dishes, which will be decided by attendees," said Hudson. "Our hope is that everyone that comes to Bacon Bash 2015 will leave having tasted some mind blowing bacon dishes from restaurants that they may have never thought of going to before. And all for a good cause."
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Riverwalk Trust ( a nonprofit whose mission is to raise money for the beautification and promotion of Riverwalk Park) and Covenant House Florida. Live music will be provided by DJ Two Story Lori.
Bacon Fest 2015 will take place Friday, November 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. Presale tickets are available on the Blacktie website, and will be available until November 5, 2015. Entry passes the day of the event will be $40 for general admission, and $80 for VIP. Visit goriverwalk.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.