Sacramento restaurants will be sizzling with bacon from Monday through Jan. 25, offering a veritable bonanza of cured pork belly and all things pig. Sacramento Bacon Fest attracts more than 70 participants annually, from restaurants simply adding a few extra slices of bacon to their menus, to events that go whole hog with themed dinners and musical odes to this most celebrated of meats.
In other words, so much bacon, so little time. For a complete rundown events and attractions, check out the website for Sacramento Bacon Fest or go to its Facebook page. In the meantime, we’ve cherry-picked a few Bacon Fest events that are worth your time and elevated cholesterol readings:
SACRAMENTO BACON FEST OPENING PARTY
5 p.m. Monday at Hook & Ladder (1630 S St., Sacramento); free
Cure those Monday blues with a whole lotta cured pork belly. Sacramento Bacon Week officially kicks off with a free party at midtown’s Hook & Ladder, where bacon-topped pizza, bacon fried rice, BLT raviolis and other pork-themed dishes are available as an after-work snack or full-blown dinner. Even the bar will have a taste of bacon, with bacon Jell-O shots (created with help from City Councilman Steve Hansen) and pieces of bacon suspended in ice molds and used for old-fashioned cocktails.
BACON WEEK SPECIALS AT ELLA
Monday through Saturday at Ella Dining Room & Bar (1131 K St., Sacramento)
For those who want an elevated approach to their bacon, grabbing a table at Ella or bellying up to the bar remains a choice option. Happy hour specials include a bacon terrine with sweet pickles, and a lunch special that runs through the end of January features a pan-fried bacon meatloaf sandwich. Bar manager Chris Dooley will also serve bacon-centric cocktails including “monkeying around,” a blend of bacon washed Irish whiskey, banana liqueur, fresh lemon juice and more. Just be sure to give a toast to bacon before taking that first sip.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op (1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento); $49, $40 Co-op members
Class is in session, and bacon’s on the syllabus. Learn more about transforming this signature breakfast meat into an item for all occasions, with instruction from certified cooking instructor Dionisio Esperas. You’ll get the basics in creating such dishes as risotto with bacon, and bacon-wrapped duck breast.
KEVIN BACON TRIBUTE NIGHT
7 p.m. Friday at Old Ironsides (1901 10th St., Sacramento); $5.
Back after a one-year hiatus, this ode to songs from Kevin Bacon movies – as performed by Sacramento bands – has attracted packed crowds in previous editions. The Harley White Extravaganza, Jem and Scout, 50 Watt Heavy (with Bacon Fest co-founder Brian Guido on drums) and many others are on board for the musical portion. The Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen truck will be parked out front with a menu that includes pork rinds, bacon mac ’n’ cheese balls, pork belly banh mi sandwiches and more to keep the party fueled.