Bacon. Beer. What more could you want?! The fourth annual Boston Bacon and Beer Festival is returning next month at the House of Blues in Fenway. I attended this event in 2011 and enjoyed every minute of it. Sadly, I was out of town last year when it hit the HoB venue, so I've been planning to go this year for more sodium and hops-filled sampling fun. In 2011, I almost had to resort to craigslist for an entry ticket but lucked out with the website sales. This year, even as a returning guest with access to presale information (released yesterday morning), I was unable to get a single ticket and presale sold out. Although I'll try again this morning, competition is FIERCE for this event entry.
Admittedly, the drama with ticket sales is legitimate. The festival is hosted by EatBoston, a local outfit piloted by a few area connoisseurs and bacon/beer lovers. The Bacon and Beer festival successfully operates with thanks to
who offer their samples of either bacon dishes (e.g., chocolate covered bacon), home-brewed draft from a local brewery, or a combination of the two. They also tend to offer promotions if you visit the restaurant at a later date. There really is no better way to spend your Saturday afternoon and the fact that your ticket proceeds go to two amazing charities, it is a philanthropic afternoon as well.