Bacon Fest re­turns in 2 ways to Eas­ton

It will fea­ture tick­eted event at park, plus restau­rant week

The Morning Call - - Entertainm­ent - By Jen­nifer Shee­han Morn­ing Call fea­tures re­porter Jen­nifer Shee­han can be reached at 610-820-6628 or jen­nifer.shee­han@mcall.com.

Think of it as bacon bits. PA Bacon Fest — one of the Val­ley’s most pop­u­lar an­nual food events can’t fill down­town Eas­ton with peo­ple and the de­li­cious smell of crispy bacon this year, thanks to COVID-19. But the spirit of the fest will still go on in a way (ac­tu­ally two ways) that’s safe for bacon-lovers.

Here’s how it will work, ac­cord­ing to the Greater Eas­ton Devel­op­ment Part­ner­ship, or­ga­nizer of the event:

The Bacon Ex­pe­ri­ence

Who doesn’t want a bacon ex­pe­ri­ence? This event, Nov. 7-8 in an open-air tent at Hugh Moore Park, will be smaller and tick­eted, fea­tur­ing live music and six food ven­dors of­fer­ing their bacon best. The park will be closed to the pub­lic for the du­ra­tion of the event.

Tick­ets will be re­quired for spe­cific timed seat­ings at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. You’ll get a pri­vate ta­ble for 1 ½ hours that can ac­com­mo­date up to six peo­ple in one group. You can en­joy live music and a range of a la carte bacon dishes from top Eas­ton restau­rants.

Only 200 tick­ets will be avail­able for each seat­ing, in ac­cor­dance with state and lo­cal guide­lines. Park­ing will be in­cluded in the $20 price of the ticket, which you can get at paba­con­fest.com/bacon-ex­pe­ri­ence.

You can add on a Bacon and Brew tast­ing, fea­tur­ing sam­ples of six beers from a lo­cal brew­ery and six fla­vors of bacon from Break­away Farms, for $20 more.

Note: You are re­quired to wear a mask when in line buy­ing food or mer­chan­dise, or mov­ing around the tent. You can re­move the mask when seated at your ta­bles. Ta­bles will be placed at least 6 feet apart. Hand san­i­tizer sta­tions will be at the en­trance of the open-air tent, and you’ll be asked to wash your hands be­fore en­ter­ing the fa­cil­ity. Hand san­i­tizer will also be placed at din­ing ta­bles and vendor stands, and there will be two re­stroom trail­ers with run­ning wa­ter that will be main­tained and cleaned reg­u­larly through­out the event.

PA Bacon Fest Restau­rant Week

The Bacon Ex­pe­ri­ence will com­ple­ment the first PA Bacon Fest Restau­rant Week, which will run Nov. 2-8. More than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing Eas­ton area restau­rants will fea­ture spe­cial bacon dishes and menus. You can dine in or choose curb­side pick-up or de­liv­ery (where avail­able).

More de­tails on PA Bacon Fest Restau­rant Week will be an­nounced in the com­ing days. Alist of par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants will be avail­able at paba­con­fest. com.

PA Bacon Fest is one of the most pop­u­lar food events in the Val­ley. It is the sec­ond of two an­nual fall food events in the city. Gar­lic Fest was forced to go to a vir­tual for­mat when it ran Oct. 3-4.

PA Bacon Fest an­nu­ally raises money for pro­gram­ming run by the Greater Eas­ton Devel­op­ment Part­ner­ship. This year sup­port­ers are en­cour­aged to do­nate at paba­con­fest.com.

PHO­TOS BYRICKKINT­ZEL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Bacon lovers will have two op­tions to get their fix this year in Eas­ton as PA Bacon Fest is reimag­ined to com­ply with pan­demic re­stric­tions.

The first PA Bacon Fest Restau­rant Week is set to run Novem­ber 2-8.

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