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Eat Boston's Annual Bacon & Beer Fest Highlights Natural Pairing, Raises Over $16k for Charity

Photos: Drew Starr

Two of the three Eat Boston annual Bacon & Beer Fest events occurred this weekend, raising over $16,000 for local food-aid charities Lovin' Spoonfuls and Community Servings, according to founder Aaron Cohen. Be sure to click through the galleries for more details in the captions.

Saturday afternoon, the 1200 attendees who were able to purchase tickets in the few minutes before they sold out, had an opportunity to go to the House of Blues and sample bacon dishes from more than 25 area restaurants as well as beers from another 20+ mostly local breweries. Most food and beer was plated and poured by the chefs and brewers themselves.

Crowd favorite food options included a sweet bacon custard pie from Suzi Maitland (Trina's Starlite Lounge), bacon sausage rolls from Sam Jackson (KO Catering and Pies), and the pork belly buns from Brandon Arms (Garden at the Cellar). For beer, anything with a bacon theme seemed to generate long lines, including Cape Ann Brewing's Kevin Bacon barleywine, and Watch City's Bacon Kolsch.

Conscious decisions to decrease the number of tickets sold and increase the number of open stairwells inside the House of Blues appeared to alleviate traffic control problems that hindered the enjoyment of last year's fest for some goers.

Sunday, a smaller, but still sold-out crowd, boarded The Freedom for a Boston Harbor karaoke cruise. Cruisers tossed back beers from High & Mighty and Smuttynose while enjoying a bacony brunch from Rising Sun Tavern and belting out karaoke provided by The People's Karaoke.

-Drew Starr

· Bacon and Beer Fest [~Eat Boston~]