Bacon Lovers Unite For The Big Bite Bacon Fest

The San Diego County Fair welcomes back the 2nd annual Big Bite Bacon Fest for a day of indulgent cuisine, craft beer, and entertainment on July 5.

[San Diego, Calif.] – The Big Bite Bacon Fest returns to The San Diego County Fair on Saturday, July 5 for a deliciously unforgettable day of tastings and entertainment. The scent of sweet and savory bacon delicacies will fill the Del Mar Arena, where guests can indulge in innovative cuisine complimented by an impressive selection of local San Diego craft beer. Bacon-inspired games and pageants will set the tone for the highly anticipated Bacon Dream Wedding and Big Bite Bacon Dish cook-off competition.

Two tasting sessions are available beginning at 11 a.m., and will kick off with opening ceremonies featuring the “Pardoning of The Pig” and “The Bacon Anthem.” Fans of the World Cup can kick back and watch the quarterfinals on the arena jumbotron while sampling lagers and ales from stand out breweries including Ballast Point, Green Flash, Intergalatic, and Pizza Port. Stone Brewery, Coronado Brewery, and several others will also offer tastings to wash down the addictively salty bacon cuisine.

Culinary boundaries are pushed to bacon extremes and allow chefs from across San Diego County to showcase their skills to bacon lovers of all ages. Chef Jesse Lopez will reveal a handful of dishes including Bacon Cheese Balls in Phillo Cups and Bacon Wrapped Siracha Shrimp. Moink Balls (moo + oink) are quickly becoming a staple for bacon lovers and Meat Inc. will be sampling the mouth-watering bacon wrapped meatballs to attendees. Mexico City Cuisine will be dishing up Drunk Chicken & Bacon BBQ, and burger lovers can sample the BBB’ Bacon Burger courtesy of Slater’s 50/50.

Savory delights aren’t the only tasty bites at this year’s BBBF, tantalizing sweet treats are creating quite a buzz. Farrell’s Ice Cream pays homage to The King with their Hunka Hunka Bacon Love Sundae made with butter pecan ice cream, peanut butter, bananas, bacon, chocolate, and caramel sauce. For breakfast lovers, San Diego’s Donut Bar will be serving Vermont Maple Bacon Donuts, echoed by more breakfast inspired cuisine from Yummy Cupcakes who will be sampling Bacon & Pancake Cupcakes.

Guests attending the lunchtime session will swoon over the dream bacon wedding, which will be held during half time of the World Cup quarterfinals. Bride to be Rachel Elkin will say “I do” to her groom Ryan Peters amidst bacon décor and a bacon clad wedding party, with a special guest appearance from a live teacup pig. Onlookers sporting pig noses will cheer on the newlyweds as they head out of the arena in a shower of bacon bits.

The scrumptious bacon tastings will have dinner session guests primed and ready for the Big Bite Bacon Dish live cook-off competition. Three pro finalists, all chefs hailing from San Diego, include Leo Garcia of Mexico City Café, Derek Jaeger of The Cravory, and Matt Ham of La Jolla Brewery. The amateur finalists include San Diego locals Tore Trupiano, Tammy Zeigler, and Juli Hull. Each of the three pro chefs will be paired with one of the amateur chefs and a child chef to compete in the annual Dish contest. Guests can cheer their favorite team to victory for their stake in a prize package that includes $1,500 and automatic entry to the World Food Championship in Las Vegas.

Tickets include unlimited bacon tastings and access to The San Diego County Fair and range from $45 for Sober Pig/Piglets to $75 for 21+ VIP. Prices will increase day of the event. Kids ages 5 and under can attend for free. Ten 3 oz beer samples are included in 21 + ticket prices. VIP’s receive access to the event one hour prior to the general public and can enjoy the exclusive VIP lounge with seating and a private bar. VIP’s will also leave with an exclusive “Swine Swag Bag.”

The Big Bite Bacon Fest continues to earn global attention for irresistible food and outrageous entertainment. Stay tuned for more information on the Big Bite Bacon Fest August 2 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach! For more information about this one-of-a-kind “Foodtainment” event visit

About Big Bite Events
Big Bite Events (BBE) brings a new style of culinary events to “Foodie” communities nationally. BBE is a division of Absolute Event Solutions Inc. (AES) and together have more than 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, developing and managing some of the largest festivals and events in North America.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Here comes the FUN! “The Fab Fair” is the theme for the 2014 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, paying tribute to the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago in the United States and around the world. The 2014 Fair will feature British Pop Culture, music and exhibitions NEVER BEFORE seen in California. The summer starts with Food, Fun and Frolic at the 2014 San Diego County Fair!
The Fair will open on Saturday June 7 and run through Sunday, July 6; closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Admission is $14 for adults; $8 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. For more information visit,

About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 14 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Noreen’s Bacon Bacon & Peanut Butter Milkshake!

Cindy posted a link to this on our Facebook page so I thought I would also share it here. Sean and I coved the sad news of the closing of Bacon Bacon restaurant in San Francisco on Bacon LIVE. Well it looks like it’s going to say open and Noreen decided to show her support by making a bacon & peanut butter milkshake.

Greetings! I can hear you all now! “Oh no she did not!” Well oh yes indeed I did! A bacon and peanut butter milkshake in honor of the victory won by restaurant “Bacon Bacon” in San Francisco! Their local county health department shut them down earlier this year because the local residents complained that the “overwhelming smell of bacon” wafting from the establishment was horrible! I say whatever! A judge recently ruled that the restaurant could re-open as long as they installed a very pricey and high tech ventilation system. So this one is a win for all bacon lovers!

I hope you will give this a try (in moderation) and I hope you love it!

Happy Bacon!

OMG! Bacon Wrapped Cheese Filled Tater Tots of Goodness

Anyone that has caught an episode of Bacon Live knows that here at Mr. Baconpants one of our favorite foods other than bacon is tater tots. Those yummy little puffs of potatoes remind us of our childhood and we just can’t get enough of them. Sadly not a lot of restaurants feature the mighty tots on their menu but when they do they quickly become one of my favorite places to eat.

Now when you take the crispy nostalgia of tater tots and wrap them in the power of bacon you have yourself a food that will be the envy of any tailgating event. But then if you add cheese in the mix you have yourself a treat fit for the gods.

Collegiate Times has a quick and easy recipe for these mouth watering poppers. Now you can be the hit at any party by showing up with a tray of these bad boys. Let me just give one pro tip that can separate the men from the boys. While making your bacon wrapped cheese filled tater tots slice a jalapeño and stick a pepper ring to each tot for an extra kick.

Check out the recipe here and let us know if you have any ways of taking these tots to the next level.

The Case of the Meat Delivery Burglar

Remember the days when everything was a lot safer. You didn’t have to lock your doors, you could actually let your kids play in the local park without worrying they might develop a crack addiction, and when your friendly neighborhood meat delivery man came he dropped off some bacon and walked away with a smile.

Well those days are all over thanks to Craig A Hufford. Who’s Craig A Hufford? He’s a jerk that used his position as a trusted meat delivery man to take advantage of good steak loving people. As he made his delivery route through central Illinois he used that opportunity to find houses to burglarize.

That’s right the same man that brought people joy by delivering pounds of bacon, steak, and pork chops right to their door step was also robbing them blind when they weren’t home.

Luckily this thief wasn’t very good at being a thief and tried to break into a home when the homeowner was still there. The very courageous home owner picked up the phone and called the cops on a man who up until that point only brought his home joy in the form of sausage.

The police caught the meat delivery bandit a short time later driving away in his meat delivery truck. Now the police think he might be connected to more burglaries in neighboring counties and he has warrants out for his arrest in Florida and Michigan.

I’m glad this criminal got caught and justice will be served I just hope this doesn’t hurt the home meat delivery market because there really is nothing better than waking up in the morning knowing that there soon will be a knock on your door by a man holding bacon just for you.

Forget the Bottle, This Baby Wants Bacon

When parents imagine their child’s first words usually they think it’s going to be something like “mamma” or “da-dad.” The parents think this because they feel a child will want to vocally express how much they love their parents. Well this video has been popping up all over the web that shows at least one kid out there has their priorities straight.

This little kid is just bouncing up and down, like little kids do and telling the world what they truly love, bacon! Multiple times this kid calls out for crispy pork belly but the parents just keep video taping. Mom, Dad how about you put down the camera and get that kid some bacon for god’s sake.

Welcome to the Relaunch of Mr. Baconpants & Bacon LIVE

Mini Bacon PantsIt’s almost been a year since I last updated this website and it feels good to be back. I had a lot going, like starting my freelance career and getting ready for another announcement coming near the end of this post.

Even with lack of blog updates Sean and I have been still doing Bacon LIVE weekly for our fans. You can find all the shows on But dont worry about bookmarking that link, because we are now using Google Hangouts to record the show. So make sure you subscribe to my Youtube Channel to get the new shows.

How we record Bacon LIVE is not the only thing has changed. I also made some small changes to the design of the site and removed some pages that where never getting updated.

Sean and I have a lot of new content planned and are excited for the new Google Hangout Bacon LIVE.

Lastly, the biggest change to the site will not be happening till the end of July. Beth and I will be bring a Mr. Baconpants Jr. in to the world. The photo attached to this post are little bacon pants made my Sean’s wife Molly.

I will try not to turn this website in to a daddy blog, but please be ready for a few posts that may feature my new baby. Especially once he can fit in to those pants.

Mr. Guancialepants: Is Guanciale Better than Bacon is making a pretty bold claim that Guanciale might actually be better than bacon. You’re probably thinking right now, “What the heck is Guanciale and how do you even pronounce that?” Well I’m told it’s pronounced “gwahn-CHAY-lay” and it comes from the pork jowl or cheek.

Now some people might be turned off by eating a little head meat but that doesn’t bother me at all. I found that some of the best cuts can come from an animal’s cheeks. The thing that’s turning me off is the better than bacon claim. I have never had a chance to try Guanciale but I find it hard to think anything can be better than bacon.

They suggest using Guanciale in place of bacon when cooking and that might work if you’re making a salad, casserole, or even a burger but I would be interested to see how Guanciale holds up in a cupcake recipe.

But who knows? I don’t really like to pass judgment on a food before tasting it so maybe Guanciale is better than bacon and we should change the name of our website to Mr. Guancialepants. I highly doubt it though.