Photo courtesy of ShutterStock by Anna Hoychuk

Photo courtesy of ShutterStock by Anna Hoychuk

On February 7, Paramount Studios will transform its back lot and welcome more than 60 local restaurants and breweries to show their chops (no, not pork chops) at the 3rd Annual L.A. Bacon Fest, a celebration of everything bacon.

Why bacon?

“Because everyone seems to love bacon!” says Dan Silberstein, one of the promoters behind the festival.

After producing a beer festival in Chicago and seeing how successful their annual Beer Fest was, Silberstein partnered with a friend to bring his own vision to Los Angeles.

Even a city obsessed with fad diets, yoga and kale, couldn’t resist the urge for bacon. The festival drew a solid crowd it’s first year and continues to grow with the third event this February.

But the festival isn’t about gorging on your favorite pork product. It’s more about the culinary experience. Some of the festival’s past favorites have been candied bacon skewers, smoked clam chowder with braised pork belly and bacon flavored ice cream and brownies.

Restaurants from across LA, including Barlo, Belly Snout, Dog Haus, Komodo, Mexikosher, and Smoke City Market, will be on site, vying to see who can create the most bacon-licious treat.

‘“The vendors don’t’ notify us in advance of what they’re making,” says Silberstein. Meaning the menu’s sure to include some truly surprising combinations. “I love creativity, so if you can present bacon in a way I haven’t seen before, I think that’s more memorable.”

Included with the $65 price of admission is an all-you-can-drink beer in 3-ounce servings, and though that may sound small, by limiting patrons to smaller pours, the result is quicker lines, and thus more opportunities for you to sample a wider variety of beers. Must be 21+ to enter. Ninkasi, Red Hook, Drakes, Hangar 24, and Golden Road are just a handful of the breweries already signed up on the exhibitor’s list.

Farmer John, the company behind our famous Dodger Dogs, will also be in attendance with a food truck and cooking demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

VIP ticket holders are given an hour head-start at 2pm to taste and sip at their own leisure before the General Admission crowd takes over from noon to 3pm. A percentage of the Bacon Fest proceeds will benefit Noah’s B-ark, an organization that rescues dogs from shelters and finds permanent homes for rescued pets.

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