After an outstanding debut, the Austin Bacon and Beer Festival is coming back in 2015 for a second round of rashers and brews. The fest's previous successes in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia — and last year's inaugural appearance in Austin — paved the way for its return on January 25 to Fair Market.
"The genius of pairing two irresistible taste icons like bacon and beer originated with Eat Boston and the over-the-top success of the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival four years ago," Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp told CultureMap last year before the first fest. "Bringing this event [to Austin] has captured the imagination of Austin's culinary and brew communities with a soul-satisfying emphasis on sustainable meat and artisan craftsmanship."
As a result, 30 restaurants and 12 breweries from Central Texas will come together in the name of all things greasy and hoppy. The bacon will be supplied by the likes of Frank, Salty Sow, Barley Swine, St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop, Snack Bar, Hoover's Cooking and many more.
Some of the best breweries in Texas, including Austin Beerworks, Shiner, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Hops & Grain Brewery and Independence Brewing Co., as well as the Brooklyn-based Brooklyn Brewery, are bringing the libations.
A new addition to the 2015 festival is a cooking class hosted by local chef Andrew Curren of Easy Tiger fame. In the "Porchetta Butchering Demo and Cooking Class" you will be taught how to handle porchetta while you enjoy treats from Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese as well as some of the craft breweries participating in the fest. However, the class is only open for the first 30 people who purchase tickets.
Tickets for the festival go on sale January 5, 2015 at 10 am. A portion of the proceeds will go to Capital Area Food Bank.
The 2nd Annual Austin Bacon and Beer Festival will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 2:30 pm until 5 pm at Fair Market.