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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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