BaconFest YEG is an unadulterated one-day festival celebrating everything bacon with a side of  music and community spirit thrown in for good measure.

Now in it’s fourth year this culinary kaleidoscope of all things bacon went off at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre on Edmonton’s south side 2 September, 2018 and brought together eleven  Edmonton eateries who created specialty bacon dishes for the event:

The event reminded me of ‘Taste of Edmonton’ as patrons purchased $1 tickets to be redeemed at each of the food venues, most of which were indoors with the exception of the Makin’ Bacon food truck which was parked outside the main entrance.

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Indoors the options included pizza bacon bombs, bacon chili, and bacon-topped maple donuts.

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Destination Donuts bacon maple donuts were all kinds of delicious and made a nice dessert after the Sherlock Holmes Pub’s bacon chili and bacon sliders from Northern Chicken. My caloric guilt was mitigated by the time spent on the treadmill earlier in the day, a day that started with bacon!

The event was sold out and the crowd filled the auditorium with many sitting to digest the bacon bonanza.

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Upstairs was the so called ‘Sow Belly Lounge’ which featured maple and Cajun flavored bacon strips courtesy of Olymel and whisky and beer samples from a number of breweries including  Whitehorse-based Yukon Brewing whose Yukon Red is an excellent amber ale and Siding 14 Brewing Company from Ponoka who has a stand-out honey cream ale called Switch Point.

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Among the music acts is local high school student Jaedyn Pilon who does a very good Buddy Holly tribute right down to the thick, black-rim glasses and classic ‘Sunburst’ colour Fender Stratocaster.

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Pilon also does a 50’s Elvis and Johnny Cash tribute.

I’d read recently how bacon was so popular and addictive because it touched on all five human taste senses: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and Umami, a Japanese term roughly translated as a  pleasant savoury taste so when I saw the event online I couldn’t resist buying a ticket as who doesn’t love bacon, right?

My seemingly rhetorical question was answered when I parked my car and encountered a small group of protesters with signs and bullhorn in hand chiding the steady stream of bacon hungry Edmontonians for eating animals raised and slaughtered solely for our selfish momentary pleasure.

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Some event goers hurled parting put downs at the protesters while others took the offered hand-outs and while I respect the protesters views I don’t share them and will continue to enjoy my periodic morning bacon ritual and keep my radar on for the next BaconFest YEG event to try a whole new batch of bacon creations. If this is one guilty pleasure I can share with a slice of my fellow Edmontonians once a year then so be it.