Greasy Fun For Everyone
Pigs large and small went running for the hills Saturday as the fourth annual PDX Baconfest got underway. The bacon-centric block party just south of Burnside on SE 18th Ave is host to a hand full of vendors, a small skate park, three bands, and competitions involving everyone's favorite breakfast meat.
Hundreds of people showed up to celebrate nature's sweetest of meat candies. Attendees were notably giddy as the smell of bacon filled streets. The griddles sizzled all day to keep fresh bacon satisfying the overwhelming demand. The East Burn roasted an entire pig on a make-shift roast pit outside East Burn.
Vendors at the festival kept things local and focused on pig. The Bakin' Bacon Sisters offered an impressive spread of delicious snacks including bacon carmel corn (... my snack of choice), bacon pops, and even bacon cakes. Bakon Vodka, Funny Bone, and Stay Crispy brought bacon, pig, and meat centered gifts.
Hot Tea Cold, Pagan Jug Band, and Left Coast Country provided music entertainment throughout the day. A small stage was set up in the middle of everything. While I was at the festival Pagan Jug Band offered up energetic bluegrass. A few chose to dance, but most chewed to the beat.
The small skate park set up just north of Ankeny was being used all day. A handful of young skate boarders hit the ramps and rails time after time; their energy seemed to have no end. The older, more experienced skaters were more reserved but showed that they knew how to throw down and keep everyone entertained.
A handful of competitions were held throughout the day including a bacon dance-off, and "Triathlon De Pig." Contestants in the triathlon had to run in place while eating bacon, ride a bike ... while eating bacon, and pretend swim... while eating bacon. The crowd cheered them on as the bugaler in Portland and Bacon socks announced the start and end of each heat. Contestants smiled and took in the bacony goodness as they competed.
Bacon fest was a great way to spend the afternoon. The bacon was delicious, the music was energetic, the skating was entertaining, and everyone was happy. This should become a staple on any Portlander's list of annual block party festivals.