It’s been slow around Unlikely Words lately because I just put on the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival. We had 28 restaurants, 18 brewers (about 45 total beers), and 1450 attendees (along with about 200 vendors and 30 volunteers) at the House of Blues on Lansdowne St, right across the street from Fenway Park. It was pretty rad, if a little too crowded. Best of all, we raised a bit over $22K for two local hunger relief organizations, Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.
This is the third year of the Bacon and Beer Fest, and last year after it sold out in 2 minutes, I wanted to make it possible for more people to participate. This year I partnered with BostonChefs.com to turn Bacon and Beer Fest into Bacon and Beer Week, so from April 28 – May 5, there were bacon and beer themed events all over Boston. This included restaurant specials around town, a Bacon and Beer Karaoke Harbor Cruise, and a bacon and beer inspired art show from Super Precious Art Gallery (a new project of mine). Below are some links related to the week if you wanted to read more and so I can have them all in one place. Thanks to all the vendors, volunteers, and especially Jessie (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks) and Alex (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks and doing the dirty work).
-The line to get into the fest was long. I didn’t get to check it out, but if you know Boston, the line went all the way down to the ATM in Kenmore Square. Here are a few other pictures I liked.
-We totally packed the HOB. Here’s a picture I took. Here’s one I found on Twitter.
Here’s a picture from Robert Gill.
-Here’s a Bacon and Beer Fest photo gallery by Boston.com. And here’s a gallery from BostInno. And here’s one from Mike Johnson.
-On the day after Bacon and Beer Fest, we did a karaoke cruise around Boston Harbor. There was a gigantic box of fried chicken skins, and things got weird resulting in people being duct taped to a column on the dance floor. A few days later, we had an art opening in a dive bar. It actually didn’t get weird.
-Upon entry to the Bacon and Beer Fest, everyone is given one cup and one spork, both compostable, to use throughout the event. This seems to do an OK job limiting the amount of waste created. In the first year, we were pretty combative when people asked for a replacement, but age has softened us.
-Chris Piascik and Josh LaFayette made some awesome shirt designs. All told I ordered 465 shirts which weighed 154 pounds.
-I know of at least 3 people who got the bacon and beer hat trick by attending the festival, the karaoke cruise, and the art show.
-Here’s a screenshot of the server load Wheretoeat.in experienced the hour tickets went on sale. The site…crashed.
-Bacon and Beer Fest got some really good press this year. I’m pretty excited about the coverage in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald (Herald again), The Weekly Dig, a Boston.com blog, another Boston.com blog, and I was on TV again, doing a little bit better than last time.
-And now I can stop talking about or thinking about bacon and beer for a while.