SAN JOSE, Calif.
If there are two things that go together, it’s got to be bacon and beer. Put that in a ballpark setting, and what could go wrong?

Absolutely nothing, if this past weekend was any indication when the Bacon and Beer Classic arrived at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. I was lucky enough to be invited by the festival planners to check out the event, which holds several Bacon and Beer Classics across the country.

Tasting cups ready to be filled with beer.

Tasting cups ready to be filled with beer.

Loved this pizza from Park Place in Cupertino, made with Neuske's bacon, aged cheddar, arugular, toasted sesame and a flavorful tomato sauce.

Loved this pizza from Park Place in Cupertino, made with Neuske’s bacon, aged cheddar, arugula, toasted sesame and a flavorful tomato sauce.

One tip: When you get a VIP ticket, you get in an hour before everyone else, which means almost all the beer is refreshingly cold like it should be.

One tip: When you get a VIP ticket, you get in an hour before everyone else, which means almost all the beer is refreshingly cold like it should be.

The event is a day (there’s also a night version) of munching on bacon-inspired bites from local restaurants and tasting of craft brews from around the Bay Area. I enjoyed chatting with the brewery reps about their offerings, learning about different types of beer (and some with fun names like “Arrogant Bastard” from San Diego’s Stone Brewery or “Sneak Attack,” a saison beer from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment).

Pork belly with BBQ sauce

Pork belly with BBQ sauce

The "bacon bomb" from Armadillo Willy's BBQ (it's a sausage stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and topped with pickled onions).

The “bacon bomb” from Armadillo Willy’s BBQ (it’s a sausage stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and topped with pickled onions).

Display at 21st Amendment

Display at 21st Amendment

The food wasn’t just strips of bacon but bacon in various forms, from pancetta-like cubes to pork belly to pulled pork, which was fine by me since I rarely eat simple fried bacon strips. There were even bacon or beer-inspired desserts, such as the delicious brown sugar cupcake with an IPA-wash frosting from Sweet Tooth Confections or the “Bacon Mama’s Cupcake” with Nutella mousse and toffee and bacon bits from Caketerest.

Faultline Brewery got a lot of people's attention with this pit grilling up slaps of pork belly.

Faultline Brewery got a lot of people’s attention with this pit grilling up slaps of pork belly.

Fanciest bite goes to Faultline's "Beer" biscuit and bacon with smoked pork belly on a rosemary-currant biscuit infused with FBC pale ale with an orange marmalade and micro basil greens with  jalapeno-citrus vinaigrette.

Fanciest bite goes to Faultline’s “Beer” biscuit and bacon with smoked pork belly on a rosemary-currant biscuit infused with FBC pale ale with an orange marmalade and micro basil greens with jalapeno-citrus vinaigrette.

I typically don't eat deep fried foods, but this was just a tiny bite done perfectly from 7 Stars Bar & Grill. It's a bacon and linguica ball with sriracha ketchup.

I typically don’t eat deep fried foods, but this was just a tiny bite done perfectly from 7 Stars Bar & Grill. It’s a bacon and linguica ball with sriracha ketchup.

The vendors were spread out around the San Jose Municipal Stadium, the minor league home for the San Jose Giants. It was my first time visiting, and it was a perfect day of strolling through the stadium and enjoying food and fun. The vendors kept up with the crowds, although it never felt overcrowded and the lines never got too long.

The event was crowded but it didn't feel overcrowded as groups casually enjoyed their beer tastings.

The event was crowded but it didn’t feel overcrowded as groups casually enjoyed their beer tastings.

Bacon facts

Bacon facts

There were a lot of fun along with the eating, like making pretzel necklaces.

There were a lot of fun along with the eating, like making pretzel necklaces.

Beer on the tap flowing freely.

Beer on the tap flowing freely.

Pizza fresh from the oven

Pizza fresh from the oven

Some guacamole and desserts

Some guacamole and desserts

Getting personal attention to their plating of pork belly. Bring on the fat!

Getting personal attention to their plating of pork belly. Bring on the fat!

Les Marguerites' plate of fried pork belly on grits

Les Marguerites’ plate of fried pork belly on grits

The day was going between bites and brew

The day was going between bites and brew

Bacon-wrapped meatballs on the grill, of course.

Bacon-wrapped meatballs on the grill, of course.

Perfect day for beer

Perfect day for beer

Cupcakes and bacon brownies

Cupcakes and bacon brownies

Bacon 'smores crepe

Bacon ‘smores crepe

If everything’s better with bacon, like they say, then don’t miss out on this food event if it comes to your town. Check out the Bacon and Beer Classic website to find out where it’s landing next.

2 Responses to Bacon and Beer Classic Tour Makes a Stop in San Jose

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Whoa, talk about a porky time. It looks delicious, especially those bacon brownies!

  2. Row says:

    Bacon and beer, two of my favourite things! Looks a very fun and delicious event! 🙂