Over 8,000lbs of Bacon Served Up at
2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest at The Queen Mary
Two-Day Event Raised $10,000 for America’s Veterans with Charity Partner Team Red, White and Blue
[Long Beach, Calif.] – The Big Bite Bacon Fest returned to The Queen Mary for a second year on August 1-2 with more bacon infused delicacies and craft beer tastings than imaginable firmly earning its place as the West Coast’s largest bacon festival. Thousands of bacon-loving event-goers sampled over 8,000lbs of pork during three tasting sessions across two days of bacon filled fun and fellowship. The event raised $10,000 for America’s Veterans with charity partner Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB) to assist in enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
More than 50 local restaurants and chefs offered their own unique spin on the main ingredient – bacon! Offerings spanned breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and even some bacon inspired beverages. A few of the most popular and creative bacon dishes included Dia De Los Puercos’ “Hog Pocket”, Whole Foods Market, Long Beach “Cherry Bomb Meatball” stuffed with jalapeno bacon, gouda cheese and chipotle seasonings, The Red Leprechaun’s “Bacon & French Toast” bread pudding and The Bacon Babe’s dark chocolate bacon tarts with cinnamon whiskey buttercream.
Severin Stone & the Richeeze Truck took home the People’s Choice Award for their bacon mac ‘n’ cheese slider. The cast and crew of Alt 98.7 FM’s top rated morning show, The Woody Show, joined the festival to select the Critic’s Choice Award winner. After much bacon sampling, the show decided on Chef Nathaniel Nguyen of the Prince & Pantry and his popular “Millionaire Bacon Bar” as the lucky winner. The Critic’s Choice Award also includes a “Golden Ticket” invitation to compete for Bacon World Championship and $10,000 at the annual World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, November 3-10, 2015.
More than 40 craft breweries and distilleries including Absolution, Angel City Brewing, ACE Cider, Angry Orchard, Bacon Vodka, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Deep Eddy Vodka, Lagunitas Brewing, Samuel Adams, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Hard Rock Café with their Twist and Shout Shake with Guinness, Spiced Rum and bacon!
VIP bacon lovers enjoyed early access to the festival, exclusive bacon sampling with chefs and vendors only serving the VIP area, and a gift box, courtesy of Bundt’s on Melrose, with a maple bacon mini Bundt cake… a take home bacon night-cap.
Festivalgoers wore their stretchy pants and squeezed in a little exercise between tastings of all of the delicious bacon items to enjoy games of Pork Ladder Toss, Bacon Bags, Bacon Bungee Run, Bacon Maze, and live music on the main stage. KFI’s The Fork Report host, Neil Saavedra, joined the event this year and broadcast the radio show live from bacon central. Bacon purveyors stopped by his booth to offer samplings and talk live on-air about their bacon offerings and the festival.
“The Big Bite Bacon chefs and restaurant partners did an amazing job of showcasing all of the unique ways bacon can come to life in the kitchen,” commented Mark Entner, Chief Bacon Officer at Big Bite Events. “Their bacon inspired offerings were outstanding and we were thrilled to not only welcome back the bacon loving community to the Queen Mary but to send them home satisfied beyond their expectations!”
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 14 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
About Big Bite Events
Big Bite Events brings a new style of culinary events to “Foodie” communities nationally. “The Big Bite Bacon Fest, the “Foodtainment’ event of Epic Pork-Portions, made its debut at the 2013 San Diego County Fair (North America’s 4th largest) and captured the hearts of the culinary community and food enthusiasts alike. And… thanks to the Huffington Post, USA Today, and Yahoo, it was the bacon event heard around the world. In 2014 the festival debuted at the majestic Queen Mary with a sold out event. In 2015, The Big Bite Bacon Fest again exceeded the expectations of the Southern California bacon loving community by growing to be the largest Bacon Fest in the western US, while earning the name “Coachella of Bacon” by the popular food news publication FOODBEAST. For more information visit http://bigbiteevents.com.