The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest

The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest is coming up in January.

How can anyone not like bacon?  It legitimately adds the post flavor to a dish than any other single ingredient.  I don’t care….salt, sugar, just nothing ramps the flavor level like good old pork fat!

When:                       January 20th to January 27th, 2013

Where:                     Various Sacramento locations

How can a Bacon Festival last for a whole dang week?  By having a lot of different activities including a Chef’s Challenge, a big Opening Night Party, a Kid’s Challenge, events and dinners and laughably the best activity of the week:   the 2nd Annual Kevin Bacon Tribute Night

Most of the events are free and even those that have a charge are inexpensive enough that most folks can attend.

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Old Florin Town: A Look At South Sacramento History

Old Town Florin is a very important area in Sacramento’s history.

For a long time I worked for the County of Sacramento.  I am now retired but at one point I opened a large County office at 24th and Florin.

We were very involved in supporting the communities and neighborhoods in the area including Old Florin Town as it is known by the residents.

The area was once the largest strawberry growing farmland in the country.  It was known for growing the largest and sweetest strawberries anywhere.  And since I love strawberries and Sacramento it is a natural post for me.

Sacramento Press recently published A Look At Historic Old Florin Town.  You can read their article at this link.

Plus make sure to look at the great photos they have of the communities churches, stores and homes, many of which were built in the 1850’s and are preserved and still in use today.

It’s great seeing that some of our older sites have folks providing support to keep them up as Sacramento continues to expand and gobble up our historical sites daily.

We (modern man) have little respect for our own history and many politicians seem almost anxious to demolish old sites and buildings for some small (actually, sometimes large) monetary contributions.  That is not a new challenge, I am sure it has gone on for centuries.  I just don’t like it much.

Only 10 miles from downtown is an area used to be known as the strawberry capital of the world: the Old Florin Town District, according to its locals. The ongoing revitalization efforts in the area shows acknowledgment of its historic past.”

One of the two district gateways:

One of the historical sites, now the Sacramento Kendo Dojo:

I remember as a kid going out to Florin and buying fruit and corn from the produce and fruit stands that dotted the area, and when I grew a bit older I went to the Annual Buddhist Bazaar at the Buddhist Church of Florin, established in 1919.  The Japanese were the primary strawberry growers when I was growing up and later the Vietnamese and Hmong residents continued to grow strawberries but most farmed further south as development encroached on the Florin district. My mother went out to one of the churches and looked forward to the yearly Christmas craft fair that she and some of her friends attended, coming home with armfuls of goodies!!

Make sure to check out the link at the start of this post and read the @sacramentopress article with the great photos and the video.

The Inaugural Bacon Fest, 2012 Sacramento

It is almost here people!!

What you ask?

Well, Sacramento‘s Inaugural Bacon Fest for 2012.

Everything just goes better with a little bit of bacon.  Well, more than a little bit.

It’s all about bringin’ home the bacon!!

When:          Friday, January 20th at 11 a.m. thru Sunday, January 22nd at 9 p.m.

Where:        Mulvaney’s B & L, Pig Next Door—19th & L Streets

What:          Food, bacon small plates, beer and wine and Celebrity Judges

This is the very first Bacon Fest in Sacramento.  Get ready for “Three days of Bacon in your face!!”

Where to buy bacon?  There are a lot of excellent smokehouses that you can find with little effort especially if you want packages delivered to your door.  There are 100-year-old smokehouses like Dakin’s Farms Cob Smoked Bacon in Vermont, Nueske’s excellent apple-wood smoked meats in Wisconsin and others in Minnesota as well as  the southern hill country of South carolina and others.

Locally, in a restaurant, Mulvaney’s is a great choice.

What about great local bacon?  In stores, I love Taylors for all things meat market.

Also, take a short drive and check out a place out in the town of Jackson called Swingle Meat Co. (www.swinglemeat.com), whose bacon offerings include honey-cured, maple, pepper, apple cinnamon, country-style, beef, and Canadian, which is not known as Canadian bacon in Canada (they call it back bacon, or at least we did growing up in Ottawa).

And do a check for Irish Back Bacon.  Kind of between American slab bacon and Canadian Bacon.  Something good to try.

Check out the bacon festival.  Your mouth will thank you!!

January 23rd:

Sacramento’s Bacon Fest was a HUGE success!!!  Restaurants are in “Hog Heaven”.

Today marks the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, but around Sacramento it might as well be the Year of the Pig. The inagural Bacon Fest ran from Friday through Sunday, with some two dozen Sacramento area restaurants participating, and marked by packed events and food shortages from the bacon-hungry hordes. Pangaea Two Brews Cafe reported its busiest day ever due to its Saturday Bacon Fest event which featured bacon and beers specials. Because of this whopping success, Pangaea was closed on Sunday for an employee appreciation day.

Founded by local musician and bacon aficionado Brian Guido and Nick Miller, managing editor of the Sacramento News & Review, just five official events were planned when Bacon Fest was announced two weeks ago. Once word got out, that number jumped to 24 participating venues, including  Samuel Horne’s Tavern in Folsom, the Shady Lady and Lucca restaurant.”

Read more about the successful event at the link above.

 

We used to have a restaurant on Alhambra Boulevard that was named Pig Heaven.  A BBQ place.  I loved it and hated when they closed.  Eventually Luis’ opened and was a Mexican hit for like 20 years.  Now it is closed too.  I will be 60 in April and there have only been two restaurants there in my lifetime.  That is success.  Now it sits closed.