Lancaster, CA. April 28, 2016 – Bacon, Blues & Brews will sizzle on the BLVD in Lancaster with its inaugural event, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. for VIP guests, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for general admission. Dozens of local restaurants and chefs will offer culinary samples of their own unique spin on the star ingredient – BACON. More than 15 breweries will be sampling a variety of craft beers to help wash down all the bacon-y goodness, while and two stages feature live blues music for a pork-filled day and night of fun.
“Bacon, Blues & Brews marks the largest event in the history of the BLVD Association,” said Myrle McLernon, BLVD Association President and co-owner of Kinetic Brewing Company, which will participate as both a food vendor and craft beer vendor in the event. “With live music, mouth-watering cuisine designed exclusively for this event, party games, and my personal favorite – craft beer – Bacon, Blues & Brews will attract thousands to downtown Lancaster. We welcome residents of the Antelope Valley and beyond to join us for this incredible event.”
Some of Antelope Valley’s hottest chefs, including favorites from The BLVD in Lancaster, will be offering unique bacon-inspired samples spanning savory, sweet and, of course, salty delicacies. Star bacon purveyors include: BeX Bar & Grill with their bacon roulade and bacon croquettes; Cantarito Restaurant with their pork pupusas; Richeeze with the award-winning The Bacon Mac; Double “D” Cupcakes’ special bacon-infused cupcake; Giannini Bistro & Grill with their steak marinated in bacon; Pour D’Vino’s Crème Brulee infused with bacon and bacon-wrapped filet mignon; Waffle-Oh with bacon waffle-ohs; Izzy’s Taco truck with a special bacon taco; and Sugar Spin’s “salted caramel bourbon-spiced candied bacon cotton candy,” as well as “breakfast for dinner cotton candy.” These represent just a few of the bacon-inspired dishes which will be available from many restaurants and chefs.
VIP (Very Important Porklovers) ticket holders will have exclusive access at 12 noon, an hour prior to the general admission guests, plus they will enjoy access to two private VIP lounges. These include the Lantern Room at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), a rooftop lounge overlooking the main stage and bacon paradise on the BLVD, and BeX Bar & Grill’s lounge with its eclectic environment and access to a full bar (additional fee). VIP tickets also include access to private restrooms in both lounges and 10 bacon sample tickets.
Wash down the bacon before going back for more with a refreshing beer or wine. Just a few of the local and regional breweries sampling will include Kinetic Brewing Company, Lucky Luke’s, Bravery Brewing, Indian Wells Brewing, Angel City Brewing, Shock Top, Golden Road, Firestone Walker 805, Lagunitas Brewing, Ballast Point, Alaska Brewing, Angry Orchard, Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing. Plus, Pour D’ Vino will provide tastes of their award-winning wines.
If festivalgoers need a break from all the delicious bacon and pork samplings, they can enjoy blues music from the two stages on The BLVD packed with local favorites. Bacon, Blues & Brews will feature live performances by the Mel Booker Band, Code Red, Boy’s Night Out, The Fulcos and MLC. Bacon lovers of all ages can head over to the Pig Pen to test their skills at pork-inspired games and activities, including Pork Ladder Toss, Bacon Bags (a.k.a. Cornhole), Connect Swine and even Bacon Chess. Festivalgoers will also be encouraged to participate in the “Sooey” pig-calling contest and the people’s choice award for the best bacon dish, with the winner earning a golden ticket to the annual World Food Championships. Of course, attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy the many shops, restaurants and businesses along the BLVD.
“The BLVD Association is excited to be taking an even more proactive role in producing events for the downtown area and the Antelope Valley community,” said Bob Turner, Chair of the BLVD Association’s Marketing & Promotions Committee and owner of Aven’s Furniture. “We are extremely excited about Bacon, Blues & Brews, and encourage the public to come down and experience it firsthand. We’d also like to thank the many sponsors who have made this event possible.”
- Bacon, Blues & Brews sponsors include:
- Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson Hogs
- Destination Lancaster
- Adelman Broadcasting
- Antelope Valley Fair
- Antelope Valley Mall
- Antelope Valley Transit Authority
- BeX Bar & Grill
- Hampton Inn & Suites
- High Desert Broadcasting
- Homewood Suites
- Lancaster Energy (LCE)
- Lucky Luke Brewing Co.
- Remax All Pro
- Sierra Toyota Scion
- Valleywide Dental
- Waste Management
Advance tickets start at just $15 for general admission and are available online while they last. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the event’s presenting sponsor, Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson (1759 W. Ave. J-12 in Lancaster).
“On behalf of the City of Lancaster, I’d like to thank the BLVD Association for hosting this event,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “What this organization has managed to do with a single staff member and an all-volunteer board is truly remarkable. They have found innovative ways to partner with the private sector and leverage their resources to create a wonderful event for our community which will bring thousands of people to our downtown area. I’d like to thank them for their time, energy and effort, and for their ongoing commitment to our community.”
For more information about this one-of-a-kind porkalicious event and to purchase tickets, visit www.BaconOnTheBlvd.com.
About The BLVD Association
The BLVD Association is a coalition of downtown merchants and property owners dedicated to promoting the economic and cultural growth of our community’s downtown. Transformed into a Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) by a vote of property owners in 2013, the Association works to ensure that as the Antelope Valley’s premiere destination for shopping, dining and the arts, The BLVD is a place where friends meet, businesses thrive and the community comes together as one.