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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BaconFest Entertainment

(Click on photo to enlarge) Barrelhouse performing downtown

The best part about BaconFest was the music. I realize it was the first BaconFest but it seemed to be poorly planned. It ran from 10-5 and we got there at about noon. First of all, it was HOT, and humid. It was held on a small swatch of parking lot, hot asphalt. Zippo shade except for the tables set up under the canopy where people pigged out. But not enough tables/chairs to accomodate. Lines to the bacon tastings were LONG, in the hot, blazing sun, moved at a snails pace. We paid $15 just to get in, then another $50 on taste tickets. By the time we made it up to the front of the lines, they were sold out of almost everything. So let's see, we spent $75 (not counting how much more we spent on drinks) to taste a piece of chocolate covered bacon, a couple of bacon sliders, a few samples of bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, a small scoop of bacon cole slaw, and a couple of bacon meatball things. We still hadn't used up our taste tickets because like I said, they were out of most of the food, except sweets. We still had about 10 or more tickets and spent them up on slushies just to get the heck out of dodge. I did feel bad about the band though. They didn't even have shade and must have been dying up there while performing. (I know it looks like they have covering but they were actually standing outside of it, not sure why!)

We thought as we left "do you know how much bacon we could have bought for $75?"! So needless to say, not going back next year!



25 comments:

  1. aw, that's too bad, Tanya. Lotta dough for little bacon. Pooh.

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  2. Sounds like somebody needs an experienced event planner. If they do it again I hope they have learned from their experience this year.

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    1. that's funny because my husband was saying the same thing!

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  3. It's too bad because I'm sure this could've been so much more organized, and fun! I like Stephanie's suggestion:)

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  4. Well, I guess you can go elsewhere to bring home the bacon.

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  5. that's too bad. i'd think there would be a lot of excitement about a bacon festival (done correctly)! Stephanie's suggestion is right on.

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  6. that's too bad. I never like the tasting things...for exactly the reasons you have listed. I can't bear the thought of all that food in the hot sun and all those people....turns my stomach to think of it. The band may have had equipment behind them.

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    1. it really was much too hot to even want to eat. i realize they held it on national bacon day but i think this event would do much better in the fall. who really wants to eat hot bacon in 90 degree humid weather?

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  7. And I felt bad that I was busy and didn't go, glad that I bought bacon at foodlion and had it on Sunday. Next year send me an email, I will fix a bacon sandwich for you and only charge 35 dollars, won't that be better!

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  8. Nice stage! And if the audience doesn't like you, you can just roll on to the next station. :-)

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  9. oh, that's a shame!

    i did like the train car they were performing on, until you mentioned the heat.

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  10. Unfortunate! Very poor planning on their part. Hopefully they will learn from all their mistakes for next year. I LOVE live music from really good groups. I had the same problem about my bands playing in the sun when I set up a huge 100th anniversary of our train station in Suffolk that ended up not being as huge as I'd hoped. There were only small pockets of people listening to the music, and my bands were all playing for free, just getting lunch, and hoping for CD sales, etc. The stage was in the sun, and they suffered. I would do quite a few things differently if I had it to do over. But, as it was, I was proud of what I accomplished pretty much on my own, with little help, and no past experience in putting on an event. We had some of the best music in the world, all willing to play for no money, and the music just MADE the festive atmosphere!

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  11. Unfortunate! Very poor planning on their part. Hopefully they will learn from all their mistakes for next year. I LOVE live music from really good groups. I had the same problem about my bands playing in the sun when I set up a huge 100th anniversary of our train station in Suffolk that ended up not being as huge as I'd hoped. There were only small pockets of people listening to the music, and my bands were all playing for free, just getting lunch, and hoping for CD sales, etc. The stage was in the sun, and they suffered. I would do quite a few things differently if I had it to do over. But, as it was, I was proud of what I accomplished pretty much on my own, with little help, and no past experience in putting on an event. We had some of the best music in the world, all willing to play for no money, and the music just MADE the festive atmosphere!

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  12. That's too bad. Usually anything that has bacon in it is good! Seems a bit pricey, too. Maybe they will have learned from this event and make better preparations for the next one.

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  13. Sizzle Sizzle, sounds like the perfect place to fry bacon... and people!

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  14. I thought I was good at ranting but I think you just beat me!

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  15. Oh, that's too bad - cuz you know, Baconfest sounds like a lot of fun. But $75 is a lot to spend on bacon!

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  16. Well, poo! It sounded like it would be a fun event too. :(

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  17. Too bad! They need an event planner!

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  18. Ciel and I are making up a ranting badge to present to you!

    (Just kidding . . . I would be miffed, too.)

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  19. That's too bad -- maybe if you go back in a couple of years, it will be better planned.

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  20. What a bummer about the long lines and spending so much for so little. Hopefully the music was good.

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  21. That is too bad. I knew something was wrong when I read the first sentence. When bacon is not the best thing about a Bacon Fest, something is amiss!!

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