It was a weird weekend. My mind and heart were in Arkansas all weekend, but Graham and I had made plans to go to a beer & bacon festival, as well as plans to have dinner with friends. It was nice to have a distraction. It didn’t totally work, but it took my mind off of things a little bit.
Saturday morning we had a light breakfast in anticipation of 1/2 a pound of bacon waiting for each of us in Smithfield.
We arrived in Smithfield early (the festival was from 11:00-5:00). Graham got a beer, I got a lemonade, and we immediately went for our bacon. Each ticket gets you a souvenier glass, all the beer you can drink (and 10 samples of bourbon if you bought the ticket upgrade), and half a pound of bacon.
Once you had your bacon, you could enter the bacon bar. They had ranch, cheese, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos & onions as toppings. Then they had tons of sauces and shakers of seasonings. They even had dessert toppings (oreos, caramel, chocolate, etc.) for the weirdos who like desserts with bacon.
I kept my bacon simple. I made a BLT wrap with lots of guacamole, and then tried a few of the sauces for the rest of the bacon. The honey citrus pepper and the pesto were amazing!
It was an absolutely gorgeous day for an outdoor festival. They had two stages for bands. They were playing beach music, which isn’t our thing, but it was fun.
I don’t like beer, and didn’t want to spend the money for a full price ticket, so I got the DD ticket. Since I didn’t drink anything alcoholic, I can’t tell you anything about them. I can tell you there were seven local breweries there, and each one had about four to choose from. The entrance fee allows you to try as many beers as you want. Graham tried one beer from each brewery and made it through about 6 of his scotch samples before he gave up.
They had a few other food vendors there and these chicken wings were amazing! This sauce was killer. It started out sweet but ended up kicking you in the pants with the heat.
The bourbon tent offered you 36 types of bourbon. The beer ticket was $35 and the boubon/beer ticket was $50. This allowed you ten samples of bourbon. Graham isn’t a big bourbon drinker and didn’t really know what was what. He loved one that tasted like cinnamon and was super smooth, but the rest were all very similar.
And there was a little pig! It made me sad to see a little pig at a bacon festival. I mean, this little pig will probably become bacon someday. And that thought was enough to make me want to become a vegetarian. I know it’s going to happen someday…
And we ended the day with dinner with some of our neighbors. Sav & Elise live a floor below us in our apartment building. We met them at the dog park, and we have a lot in common. Food, especially. Sav has gone to culinary school and I was excited about him making dinner for us. He’s laotian, and made us a traditional dinner of curry with bamboo, asparagus & mushrooms, a slightly spicy chicken dish with pineapple, onions & bell peppers, papaya salad and sticky rice. Everything was absolutely amazing, and G wanted to ask for a to-go box ;) I supplied banana pudding and a bottle of wine, and we had a really great time eating & hanging out all night.