Bacon. It’s not just for breakfast any more. It’s now on your sandwiches, topping your side dishes, wrapped around your veggies, and even in your dessert. To celebrate this swine time in culinary history, Coney Island along with Restaurant Raiders of Cincinnati, Yuengling Beer, Lipton Tea and other local food trucks and restaurants are hosting Bacon Fest 2015.
Bacon Fest is free to attend and will take place on Father’s Day, June 21, which is also International Bacon Day, from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Coney Island. As an added plus for their special day, all dads park for free at Coney Island from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as well.
If you’re headed to Coney Island for Bacon Fest, there’s plenty to expect. According to Amy Zahora, executive director of Restaurant Raiders of Cincinnati, there will be more than 10 restaurants and food trucks serving food that all contain bacon in one form or another. “We’ll have chocolate covered bacon, bacon mac and cheese, bacon grilled cheese, bacon wrapped hot dogs and more,” she adds.
Some of the participating restaurants and food vendors you’ll see at Bacon Fest include C’est Cheese Food Truck, Urban Grill, The Dock Food & Spirits, Enon, The Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern, SugarSnap!, TruckHunger, Paynes Food Truck, Dominique’s Bistro & Bar, Tex Mex Joes, Dena’s Diner, Pit to Plate, Ritters, Sweetums, Bistro de Mohr and many more.
Of course you know that bacon will be served all day long, but some of the participating eateries have already released details about items they’ll be serving. The eateries participating in Bacon Fest will serve chicken-bacon flatbread, guanciale cheeseburgers, bacon cheddar potato wedges, hog balls-fried deliciousness with potato, cheddar, bacon and some jalapeno and bourbon bacon brittle to name a few.
Other tasty treats you can expect at Bacon Fest include bacon cheesecake, bacon cole slaw, bacon crab cake, bacon caramel corn, bacon potato salad, loaded potato croquettes, bacon pretzel bites, gourmet bacon cupcakes, bacon waffles, candied bacon, bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon jam and bacon carbonara.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or just want a savory sweet treat, you’ll find them at Bacon Fest 2015. And if you’re one of the few who don’t like bacon, don’t worry. There will also be food and treats that don’t have bacon including BBQ and frozen cheesecake.
Aside from all of the tasty treats that’ll be served up at Bacon Fest, Zahora says that the Naked Karate Girls will hit the stage at 4 p.m.
Zahora says that in addition to a big thanks to Coney Island for hosting the event, other sponsors for Bacon Fest are Heidelberg, Yelp Cincinnati, Heartland Payment Systems and Morgan Services.