Take a Bacon Vacation!
To say that you are a bacon fan is the understatement of the year. You have tried bacon ice cream, maple bacon cupcakes and bacon gumballs, and your favorite actor is — who else? — Kevin Bacon. Why not combine your love of bacon with your summer vacation? Thanks to an abundance of bacon festivals and bacon-friendly towns and restaurants, you can do just that. Book a multicity flight and pack your bags, because you’re going on a bacon tour of the USA:
On June 13, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will host the Bourbon and Bacon Fest. You can snack and sip your way through some of the best bourbon and bacon the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including classic and unique bacon-centric dishes.
While you are in Portland, be sure to visit Voodoo Doughnuts for one of their tasty bacon maple bars, and make a side trip to the Bacon Skateboards company — while the skateboards are not made from actual bacon, they do feature plenty of cool bacon logos and stickers.
Boston may be nicknamed Beantown, but its heart belongs to bacon. The annual Boston Bacon and Beer Festival takes place every summer in the concourse at Fenway Park. The price of admission gets you 16 tickets, which you then trade in for small samples of beer — but the bacon tastes are completely unlimited. Bacon samples will be available from dozens of local eateries including Blackbird Donuts, Lulu’s, Sweet Cheeks BBQ and The Blue Ox. When you’re done at Fenway, why not head over to Bacon Street? You can take selfies of yourself and the street sign.
Delphi and Indianapolis, Indiana
On August 29, you can take part in the inaugural Indiana Bacon Festival held in Delphi in Carroll County. Presented by Indiana Kitchen Bacon, the event will feature plenty of beer and bacon as well as live music and a cook-off. Pick up a few souvenir bacon shirts and then spend your time wandering from vendor to vendor sampling their scrumptious bacon fare. If you are feeling especially hungry, consider signing up for the bacon eating contest, and then wet your whistle in the beer and wine garden.
Once the festival is over, go to Indianapolis and check out the Bacon Legs and Turntables restaurant, where the friendly chefs will literally put bacon in anything you order.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston’s local cuisine relies on plenty of bacon for its signature flavors. Make reservations at The Macintosh, where executive chef Jeremiah Bacon — yes, really — hosts a Bacon Happy Hour. Charleston is also the home to the Bac’n me Crazy food truck that specializes in tasty bacon-laden foods, including the Triple Bacon Burger and Chocolate-Covered Bacon Strips for dessert.