This weekend's NJ BaconFest at the Tuckerton Seaport has already stirred a great big buzz in our community with signs posted throughout town including a huge bacon shaped blow-up figure that made its appearance at the Fourth of July parade! I am so excited because, well, BACON. I know that should be enough of a reason to go, but here's a list of my top 10 reasons you should join me.
Disclosure: I will be attending the NJ Bacon Fest with complimentary tickets in exchange for this post and social media sharing of the event. I am very grateful for the generosity of sponsor Five Sisters Food Co for this opportunity as I truly think it's going to be a great time. All opinions are my own, and I can tell you right now my opinion is that everyone should go to the NJ BaconFest!
I'll do it in countdown form...
10. It's going to be a beautiful day.
Regardless of temperature, sun, rain, snow, sleet, whatever, it's going to be BEAUTIFUL because there will be bacon. But honestly, the weather forecast is showing a gorgeous weekend. Throw your chair and some sunscreen in the car and come on over!
9. Who doesn't love a festival?
There is something special about sitting down amongst a bunch of happy people enjoying each other's company. The festival atmosphere always brings a smile to my face. I just love all the hustle and bustle and the people watching and the relaxed feel of it all. Being that this is a BACON festival being sponsored by my all time favorite Five Sisters Food Co., well, that just ups the festival game even more!
Besides the beautiful Seaport gift shop, there will be several vendors selling bacon-y wares throughout the festival. Try some spreadable bacon from The Bacon Jams or some Bacon Taco sauce from Hot Sauce for Good.
7. It's at the Tuckerton Seaport!
Even when there isn't a festival going on the Tuckerton Seaport is a great place to visit. With numerous family friendly, educational, and fun exhibits including a craft station sponsored by Jersey Family Fun, stepping into the Tuckerton Seaport is like stepping into an interactive documentary of the area's heritage. The sprawling dockside location is the perfect venue for the Bacon Fest.
6. Food trucks
My absolute favorite food truck is run by the Miller family - Five Sisters Food Co. I once had the Pig Fries from their truck and felt like it was the best thing I had ever eaten. Then I sampled their Pork Belly Sandwich and had to take back my first statement and restate it. They NEVER disappoint. Five Sisters will be joined by several other trucks including:
Philly Fry, WTF Foodtruck, Cheezen, Betty's Icebox, Waffle De Lys, The Chimney Cake Factory,House of Cupcakes, Kath's Catering, Pompier Catering & Cuisine, Mexi Flip, Surf and Turf, Bespoke Bacon, The Tot Cart, Bacon Broads, the guac spot, Oink and Moo BBQ, ahh! la cart, Dump n Roll, and Zinna's Bistro AND MORE!
For a full list of vendors, visit the Seaport's website. All will have some sort of bacon inspired treats for you to enjoy!
I could just stop there and be done with this list because all these reasons are great ones to visit the NJ BaconFest. But I will go on...
5. Music, pig races, a circus, and a bacon eating contest...
Set up your chair near either the main bandstand or the Pirate Ship stage to enjoy your delicious bacon treats while allowing yourself to be entertained by the bands and the Justin Wood Circus. Take a walk across the grounds to watch the pig races. And if you're there on Sunday at 2:00, be sure to see who will get reign supreme at the NJ Bacon Fest Bacon Eating Championship! Last year's winner ate 13.7 pounds in 2 minutes. Now THAT's a lot of bacon.
4. All your friends are going
For real. They are. Just look at Facebook. You'll probably see at least one or two people talking about the festival there. Jump off that fence and join them!
3. There's going to be a mechanical pig!
OK, that's just awesome. I've never ridden a mechanical bull let alone a mechanical pig. Looks like the time is NOW.
2. BEER and other libations
Any festival wouldn't be complete without some good drinks to go along with the good food. Thankfully, Pinelands Brewery will be bringing some of their tasty brews that are going to make the perfect bacon meal complete. There will also be wines from Laurita Winery, other craft beer selections, and a margarita bar to help quench your thirst for deliciousness.
And the #1 reason to visit the NJ BaconFest at the Tuckerton Seaport this Saturday and Sunday July 9th (11-8) and 10th (11-6)...
The world may not revolve around bacon, but it sure would be a sad sad place without it. Go get your bacon fix this weekend! Tickets are $8 apiece. Seaport members and children under 5 are FREE.
For more information about the NJ BaconFest at the Tuckerton Seaport, the Five Sisters Food Co., or any of the vendors who will be in attendance, please visit www.njbaconfest.com or join the event page on Facebook.
All photos are shared from NJ Bacon Fest's website and/or Facebook page.