Sacramento Bacon Fest sells the sizzle for January events

While you were assessing the damage done to your waistline from holiday-season pigging out, Sacramento Bacon Fest was dropping details about its third annual event, running Jan. 19-26.

And organizers have certainly been selling the sizzle. Tickets for the festival’s Jan. 26 chef competition — featuring Patrick Mulvaney, Adam Pechal, and the recently added Noah Zonca, among others — were snapped up in a mere 80 minutes after they were made available on Dec. 30, according to the event’s Facebook page (with proceeds going to the Center for Land Based Learning in Winters).

But fret not, hog lovers. There’s still plenty of pork to go around, including Bacon Fest Opening Night at Grange Restaurant (4 p.m., Jan. 19.) Admission is free and “affordable” small plates will be on offer from Grange’s Oliver Ridgeway, Ella’s Ravin Patel, Kru’s Billy Ngo and Enotria’s Pajo Bruich. In addition, Grange bartenders will serve special Bacon Fest cocktails, DJ Shaun Slaughter will spin tunes and organizers will offer games, raffles and prizes.

Other highlights from the week include:


Special Bacon Fest prix-fixe dinners:

Formoli’s Bistro (Jan. 20), Magpie Cafe (Jan. 22) and Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar (Jan. 23). Call each restaurant for reservations.


Small Plates, Special Cocktails, Local Brews:

Hook & Ladder (Jan. 21) and Bows & Arrows with guest chef

Kevin O’Connor

(Jan. 24).


Breakfasts and Brunches:

Bacon & Butter (Jan. 25) and The Golden Bear (Jan. 26).


Educational Classes at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op:

Bacon Fest 101 with O’Connor (Jan. 21); Bacon Fest with Aimal Formoli (Jan. 23). Register at


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