Wake N' Bacon this Weekend with The Great Big Bacon Picnic

A bouquet of bacon
A bouquet of bacon
Great Big Bacon Picnic

Unlimited craft beer and bacon. Have I got your attention? That's what you're promised at the Great Big Bacon Picnic, oinking its way to the Old Pfizer Factory (630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn) in Williamsburg this weekend.

And while that's enough to prompt many to say something along the lines of "just shut up and take my money," be advised that tickets start at $99--that's a lot of pork. Here's a preview of what you'll get in return.

The 2.5 hour-long event is spread out over three installments, a 12PM and 6:30PM session on Saturday, followed by a final brunch engagement at 1PM on Sunday. Your ticket includes access to over 100 restaurants, as well as dozens of food trucks, local distilleries, breweries, and culinary experts.

For the vegetarians and Kosher-observant eaters shuddering at the thought of an endless parade of swine, fear not. Just kidding. Be very afraid. There will be no soy substitutes on-hand. Every dish at the festival must come from bona fide boar. As per the website:

"It can be cured and/or unncured, and can be from any cut from a pig that might be prepared as bacon including Slab Bacon, Back bacon, Collar Bacon, Cottage Bacon, Picnic bacon, Irish Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Pork Belly, Pork loin, Fatback, Lardon, Pancetta, Rashers, Ham Hock, Jowl, Guanciale, and good old Sliced Bacon."

Bacon sushi? Check. Bacon potato chips? You bet. Woven bacon, bacon art, bacon wrapped in bacon. Even Kevin Bacon (this has yet to be confirmed). If it somehow involves salted, fatted pork, you'll find it this weekend. If that doesn't make you salivate, you're going to go home hungry.

But not necessarily thirsty. "We've curated a list of incredible craft beers, ciders and spirits, with the majority being produced right here in NYC," says festival co-founder Craig Taylor.

Entertainment is provided by the locally-based High & Mighty Brass Band. And, as anyone that's ever been to New Orleans can tell you, things tend to get rowdy when you combine live horns with limitless liquor.

"The Great Big Bacon Picnic will be unlike any other NY area bacon festival," promises Taylor. "Every single chef that's participating in this festival must prepare a dish that highlights bacon." Having already sampled many, he seems particularly enthralled by some of the more unique applications, such as Table's Panko/Bacon encrusted Lobster & Bacon spring roll, and dessert offerings like URBO's homemade bacon oreo cookie, and the maple bacon pecan ice cream from Oddfellows.

If you're on the fence of this pig pen, this ought to push you over the edge: 10% of net proceeds will be donated to City Harvest and No Kid Hungry. Tickets range from $99 all the way up to $249 for VIPs, which includes early entrance and top shelf booze in a private lounge. Click here to purchase.

"And on top of all that, we're going to have a Bacon Bar," Taylor gloats. "That's right, a bar that just serves bacon. This is what you dreamed of when you imagine a bacon festival." If you are plagued by recurring visions of bacon, head to the Great Big Bacon Picnic this weekend...Right before seeking a therapist.




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