March 29th was the 6th Sunday of Lent, and it was also the 2nd day of the inaugural Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest. I was out-and-about in Delray Beach on Saturday, but since Sundays don’t count during Lent, I waited until the 2nd day of the festival to attend so I could enjoy some yummy bacon.
Since I heard the festival was a sell-out on Saturday and that they may have temporarily run out of bacon, I decided to make some for breakfast before leaving the house. Of course, I sliced up some of the best bacon in the world, Nueske’s Applewood-Smoked Bacon – sliced it up thick, of course. Again, thanks to Larry from Salt7 for the Nueske’s bacon!
The festival gates opened at 1pm on Sunday, so we decided to get there a few minutes before to avoid the crowds. Good thing we did, because there was already a line to get it – and a longer line at the ticket tables. What do you wear to such an event? Well, I went with a Christmas gift from my girlfriend’s brother-in-law Bobby – reminds me of the logo of the AMC television show Breaking Bad:
The first things we saw after walking in are buckets of peanuts at every table (nice touch) and the Fireball Whiskey booth. We’d be returning to that booth… several times.
Because we heard the lines at the bars were long on Saturday, we decided to knock that out first. Specialty cocktails were $8, and bourbons were $16 and $20.
Next was the food. The booths reminded me of Delray Beach’s Garlic Fest, but instead of garlic, everything had bacon.
Entrees were all $12 – I started with the bacon-wrapped sausage:
Time for another drink. Instead of waiting in line at one of the main bars, I went to the Smoke Inn booth where they were serving up maple bacon old fashioneds. When I got back to our table, I found that Javier just got a bacon parfait – that’s mashed potatoes and pork belly topped with gravy. Looked good enough to eat!
Now it was time to meet Cheryl from Nueske’s, the title sponsor of the festival. She was attending with her friends Ann and Marjorie. We also checked out the pig races – winner gets a small bottle of Fireball! We decided not to wait in line to play… we just hit the Fireball booth again and paid for shots.
All-in-all, we thought Delray Beach’s first attempt at Bacon & Bourbon Fest was a fun time. I think all the negative comments I read after the first day came from people who were denied entry because they didn’t purchase tickets online before the event. Everything I read about the event said to buy tickets early, and that there would be a limited amount of tickets available at the gate. So next year, buy your tickets online everyone!