The irrepressible smell of pork wafted through the Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont in San Francisco on Sunday as more than a dozen chefs prepared dishes for the first-ever Bacon and Beer Festival in San Francisco.

The event, which started in Boston, made its first appearance in the Bay Area over the weekend. Surprisingly, there was nothing that was too out of this world unusual (probably the bacon sushi by Ace Wasabi’s and the creme brulee-type dish from Bluestem Brasserie topped the unique list). Here’s a few dishes that stood out:

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The Four Bacon Pretzel w/ Cheese Dip by T-Rex BBQ in Berkeley

Overall, thought this was the most representative dish for the day. The use of bacon in multiple forms, the saltiness, the wonderful cheese dip – it was truly something all bacon lovers would ask for.


Bacon and Pickles from Hopscotch in Oakland

Vegetables!! Hopscotch Chef Kyle Itani prepared pickled vegetables, including his housemade kimchee to go along with his house-cured and smoked bacon. It was a welcome dish for those who had had their fill of bacon, bacon and more bacon.


Bacon-Wrapped Fig from Farmerbrown in San Francisco

Simple in form, but a delicious dish from the team at Farmerbrown. The sweetness of the fig proved to be a perfect match with the saltiness of the bacon it was wrapped in.

A really well-organized event and lots of good food and great beers. And for those who didn’t quite get their fill of bacon, Saturday, August 31 is International Bacon Day. And San Jose is playing host to the Bacon Festival of America, an all-day celebration of all things bacon.