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    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.

    To learn more about Bacon Fest 2015, visit www.coneyisland.com or www.baconfestcincinnati.com.

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      This weekend marks one of Cincinnati’s biggest events, bringing together artists from across the nation. Cincy Chic gets an exclusive sneak peek into this year’s Summerfair show and its brand new Brunch in the Gardens event Saturday morning, all to benefit the nonprofit organization’s award, scholarship and exhibition programs for local artists.

      At this year's Summerfair event, Cincy Chic is teaming up with the nonprofit organization to bring you Brunch in the Gardens.
      Jayne Utter (left), Manager Director of Summerfair Cincinnati, says there will be more than 300 artists participating in Summerfair this year

      This year marks the 48th year of Summerfair Cincinnati, the region’s largest art fair. Summerfair 2015 will take place May 29 through May 31 at historic Coney Island, and it benefits Summerfair’s year-round programs that provide award, scholarship and exhibit opportunities to a variety of emerging (high school and college), individual (working professional) artists and local/regional small and mid-sized arts organizations.

      Jayne Utter, Manager Director of Summerfair Cincinnati, says there will be more than 300 artists in 12 categories participating in this year’s event, which ranks in the top 25 nationally each year among art fairs.

      “Judged art categories for Summerfair include photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, wood, metal, sculpture, glass, ceramics, fiber, leather, jewelry and 2D/3D mixed media,” Utter explains.

      Regional performers will put on musical, dance and theater products, gourmet arts with foods of all sorts as well as a youth arts area, Youth Art Rocks, for the kids will be at Summerfair in addition to the hundreds of artists who will be attending.

      More than 20,000 people attend Summerfair each year. Hours for Summerfair are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

      The lineup for this year’s Summerfair includes a variety of music acts that will take place on Summerfair stages as well as at different spots on the ground.

      Glenn Parks will play the banjo in the West Gate area on Friday while Todd Hepburn will be on the melodica at the East Gate. Utter says that entertainment on May 30 will be featured at Moonlight Gardens. Anaya Belly Dancers will perform at 2 p.m., Cincinnati Sound Chorus at 3 p.m., Celtic Rhythm Dancers USA at 4 p.m. and Queen City Cloggers at 5 p.m.

      At the Gazebo stage on Saturday will be Kelsey Mira at 1:30 p.m., Don Steins and Jeanette Stelter at 2:30 p.m., Ricky Nye at 3:30 p.m., Erin and Sherry McCamley at 4:30 p.m., Ben Levin at 5:30 p.m. and Pam Ross and Jack Doll at 6:30 p.m.

      Jeff Henry, April Aloiso and George Simon, John Walsh, Katja and Brian and G. Burton will all perform on the Acoustic Stage on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

      Can’t Stop Cloggers will start on the Youth Arts Stage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday followed by balloon artist Pam Ryan at 12:30 p.m., Cincinnati Suzuki School Violins at 1:30 p.m., Cincinnati Highland Dancers at 2:30 p.m. and The Studio for Dance at 3:30 p.m.

      Saturday’s lineup also features strolling musicians including Sadei and Raiford in the West Gate area and Bob Poe in the East Gate area.

      East Side Encore, Hills of Kentucky Cloggers, Clermont Festival Chorale and Belly Dancing by Habeeba will perform in Moonlight Gardens on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.

      Kaitlyn Peace, Brenda Folz Duo, Elizabeth Windau and Vigor will perform on the Gazebo Stage on Sunday while Ben Alexander, Lisak and Rowe, Bob Cushing and runaway Sidecar will be on the Acoustic Stage.

      Cedar’s Face Art and Balloons, Balloon Twister, Cincinnati Suzuki School Cellos, Acting Up and North College Hill Double Dutch Rope Twisters will take the Youth Arts stage on Sunday.

      John Keene will be strolling the West Gate area on Sunday while violinist Karen Addie makes her way through the East Gate entrance.

      New this year, Summerfair is teaming up with Cincy Chic to present “Brunch in the Gardens.” It will take place May 30 at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Moonlight Gardens. Advance tickets for Brunch in the Garden at $20 and are available at www.2015BIG.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

      Utter says this inaugural event is a fundraiser where guests will enjoy complimentary brunch bites, coffee from Coffee Emporium, swag bags, a photo booth and a fashion show featuring creations by Summerfair artists. Mimosa and bloody mary bars will also be available. Purchasing tickets for Brunch in the Gardens also includes admission to Summerfair.

      Proceeds from Brunch in the Gardens benefit Summerfair Cincinnati’s award, scholarship and exhibition programs for local artists and arts organizations.

      Summerfair is traditionally held the weekend after Memorial Day, and tickets are $10 (cash) and kids aged 12 and under are admitted to the event for free. The cost to enter Summerfair includes parking and advance tickets can be purchased online at www.summerfair.org. You can also learn more by visiting the Summerfair website.

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