thirsty thursday: let’s talk beer & bacon!

I thought it would be fun to mix up this week’s “thirsty thursday” post with a recap of a recent festival that I was lucky enough to attend with the hubs and a group of good friends – the first annual Beer & Bacon Festivalheld down in Cary, North Carolina.

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We are no strangers to beer festivals. In fact, it’s one of the main events we try to attend on a regular basis; it’s a great way to get our friends together (after all, we are all spread apart up and down the East Coast) and, of course, sample lots of great craft beers, cocktails, and delicious foods! This was the first “bacon” themed festival we have attended – some of the other ones we typically frequent include the World Beer Festival (held in Durham, NC), the Beer & Bourbon Festival (also held in Cary), the LivingSocial Beer Festival (held in DC), and Blacksburg BrewDo (held in Blacksburg, VA).

To say that these types of festivals are fun would do them an injustice. Aside from the great beers and food, you also get to sample a wide variety of specialty food items that are local to the area. At the Beer & Bacon Festival last week, I was lucky enough to be exposed to more varieties of bacon than I had ever seen in one area in my entire life! They brought in over 2 TONS of bacon to serve throughout the day, all in different flavors – can you even believe that!?

I wanted to share with you dears some of my favorites {both food and booze} from the day’s festivities! In no particular order, let’s run down the food, shall we?

-Sweet Onion Pancake with Bacon Jam & Smoked Maple Syrup

-Puppy Poppers {these were a type of hush puppy, with jalapenos and bacon folded  into the sweet batter}

-Bacon & Pimiento Mac & Cheese

-Collard & Pork Belly Sandwich {this was served on cornbread – oh so good!}

And for the booze {because, after all, isn’t that what ‘thirsty thursday’ is all about?}

-fox barrel blackberry pear cider

-foothills hoppyum

-angry orchard crisp

-lagunitas IPA

-white street brewing co hoptimist IPA

-heavy seas loose cannon

If you are ever, ever presented with the opportunity to attend a festival like this, I can surely promise you that you won’t be disappointed. Not only is it a great way to spend a Saturday, but I’ve had the wheels turning for fun recipes and cocktails that will be sure to follow :)

Stay thirsty, my dears – and cheers!

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