This year I have decided to check out the Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival, which is surprisingly only about an hour from where I live. Typically, I spend St. Patrick’s Days weekend in other ways, but considering how much I love Bacon and Bourbon, and how much I dislike green beer, I’m changing things up.

The Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest is being held March 18 to 19, and this year it is better than before. Last year there were apparently 8,000 attendees during the two-day event — received hundreds of complaints about long lines and food shortages? Well, don’t expect the same experience this time around, says Festival Management President Nancy Stewart-Franczak.

“This year we’ve made some significant enhancements, changes that will make the overall experience much better,” says Stewart-Franczak. “Primary among them, we now have the ability to make more food as the need arises, have added several new bars, and we’ve also opened the event earlier — all to address last year’s prime concerns.”

That means the Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest will have more of the two things everyone loves: booze and bacon.

My Plans

I have the next few days off and plan to drive over with two friends but wanted to get myself cleaned up a bit before hand. This blog has been a random outlet I’m using in-between writing a cookbook that I hope to get published through a few contacts I know. Over the course of the last five months, I have been heavily focused on my book and have actually grown a pretty large beard. I really like my look. However, I’m in need of a nice hair cut severely. I did treat myself two weeks ago to a Beard Grooming Kit that I think convinced me to change my whole look entirely. I made a deal with myself; get a few nice beard grooming products and try to make yourself look respectable before shaving it off. I figured I owe it to myself as I have friends who have told me that you can get really bummed if you shave your beard off lol. The last thing I need is any personal setbacks from getting this book delayed, I really want to stay positive.

Events & Things I Hope to Try

On Friday they offer a sit-down Bourbon Pairing Dining Experience. This is something that I think could inspire me. You sip 4 different varieties of Bourbons paired with Bacon items from the top local chefs. They are bringing together the chefs from Hudson Waterway East, Caffe Luna Rosa, DaDa, and 50 Ocean to deliver a meal of bacon and pork creations that perfectly pair with these selected bourbons. You also get to take home one of our etched commemorative glasses, – Nice!

The premier dining experience of Bacon & Bourbon Fest is the Saturday night. Limited to only 70 guests which – I got into! This experience presents a giant table under the Old School Square Loggia where you can feast on a meal completely made to perfectly complement the variety of bourbon selections. They will also serve beer and wine at this dining setting in case my palette needs a change. You will also get to take home one of our etched commemorative glasses. You will not leave hungry – but you may need to schedule a designated driver.

Even though I’m live only an hour away, I booked a hotel for the weekend as a nice break away from my place (where my book haunts my every move) so I don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.

 

I plan to update this article later.