You down with BBB?
The first B is for bacon, the second is for blues, the last B… well, it’s not that simple.
Saturday, October 27th marks the inaugural Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues, and Brews Festival, a day-long event at the Monterey County Fairgrounds that is more than just an aimless attempt at alliteration — it’s a marriage of the senses. And while bacon was the genesis of the idea, not a single “B” should be missed.
“Chef John Guinevere, who was on a TV show called ChefLive, was talking about bacon and having a bacon festival, and I said that was a great idea and that we should add brews, and then we figured we should add blues music because it rhymed, so it just turned into this awesome, complete event,” said festival co-creator Tanya Moore.
The festival, running from noon to 6 p.m., gets its mass quantities of bacon from local bacon expert Tony Baker, of Baker’s Bacon. And both professional chefs and dreamers alike will be testing their collective mettle when they tackle all this bacon in the bacon cook-off. This competition is to be judged by both experts and the general public (that means you if you attend. Yes, you heard that correctly: “You” plus “mass quantities of bacon” will turn you into a “bacon judge”).
As for the music, legendary blues guitarist Les Dudek headlines a solid lineup of blues vets including Contino band, Volker Strifler, among others.
And because it is October, where Oktoberfest celebrations are both frequent and numerous, what would a festival be without some sweet brews? We’re talking beer here. According to Moore, several local craftbrewers will be on hand including those from local brewpub Peter B’s. And word has it that there will be a bacon beer somewhere at the festival. You’ve been thoroughly warned…
Sonic Ambulance will be on Facebook and the Twitter-sphere all day during the event, so be sure to follow us while tasting bacon and beer to hear what we think and to learn about the winners from all the above.
Overall there are a lot of reasons to attend the BBB, and with advance tickets going for as low as $40, there are very few reasons to miss it.
“There’s a lot of food and wine events in this area and a lot of beer festivals, but this is the one event that combines the two,” Moore said. “And this is the only one that has a kickback atmosphere where you can basically just be yourself, have fun, eat as much bacon as you want, and try some craft beer… And who doesn’t want to see Les Dudek?”
You down with BBB? (Yeah you know me.)