You heard right – I went to the Festival of Bacon in Orlando with my son and some of our friends yesterday. The atmosphere was electric, as in griddle, over the famed pork belly. Let me say that having grown up on a hog farm and hearing my dad spin this into a patriotic experience by referencing the animal as “The Great American Hog” – I’ve had my share of bacon.
It’s been said that the sense of smell is the most powerful at recalling memories. Maybe this is why so many love this breakfast meat. For me it brings to mind images of my grandma fixing breakfast for us grandkids on the farm. Judging by the crowd that gathered as the sweet aroma of bacon wafted over the City Beautiful, I’m guessing this was an emotional experience for them as well.
There were close to 30 vendors cooking up their version of baconology. Our friend Reed, seemed to be on a quest to sample them all. We had everything from chocolate covered bacon, to bacon soda, and bacon cupcakes. I wasn’t so adventurous as our youthful friend, and stuck with the bacon burger (bacon ground into the beef patty). I also sampled a sausage biscuit that featured deep fried bacon. Maybe they thought it just needed a little more grease? The line for the bacon ice cream was just too long to even attempt!
There were lots of bacon enthusiasts that found ways to express their love for the meat with the clothes they were wearing. Two of my favorite T-shirts were “You had me at Bacon” & “I like Pig butts and I can not Lie”. Of course there were socks and hair accessories galore.
The fun wasn’t limited to just bacon either. Red Bull sported a pretty cool urban assault vehicle / DJ / Video game thing. There was a mechanical bull, bouncys for the kiddos, and live music. We go to listen to a couple of bands before we left. The first group was called Slickwood and the second group goes by Good Luck Penny. I really enjoyed the local band Good Luck Penny and hope to hear more from them in the future. The lead singer has an infectious smile and I love their sound.
I am going to require a few days of recovery to get my cholesterol down to acceptable levels once more, but it was a great day of fun. You can be assured that this event will never be endorsed by your Cardiologist or the National Heart Foundation.
It was the bacon cupcake that did him in!