The first-ever Big Bite Bacon Fest turned out to be a big success this weekend during its lunch and dinner sessions at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Big Bite Events (BBE), which brings a new style of culinary events to foodie communities nationally, scheduled the first outing from 11 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. for VIP guests and from noon on for GA ticketholders. They also held a dinner session, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for VIP goers and 5 p.m. and on for GAs. Both sessions were complete sellouts.
Those with a VIP ticket had access to the exclusive VIP lounge with seating and shade, Private Big Pub and private tasting station. Also, each received a swine swag bag, Got Porked T-shirt, personal beer cup and caddy.
“The response to the first Big Bite Bacon Fest at the Queen Mary completely exceeded our expectations,” said Mark Entner, Chief Bacon Officer at Big Bite Events, in a prepared statement released the day after. “We were thrilled to see so many bacon lovers come together to enjoy the star ingredient and all its culinary diversity. We are already planning on how we can make the second annual Big Bite Bacon Fest bigger with even more bacon!”
Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ, the Red Leprechan, Beachwood BBQ, Twisted Sweets, Bigmista’s Barbeque, California BBQ Association, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Harriet’s Cheesecakes, Donut Bar, Dia de los Puercos, Lemonade Shakers, Heart Strings Creations and Meat Inc. all made it out. The Queen Mary’s Todd Henderson, Just Jan’s, Handy’s Smokehouse Delicacies, Bundts on Melrose, Prince & Pantry, Chef Rahm Fama, Slater’s 50/50, Whole Foods, Heavenly Delights, Inc. were all present, too.
Craft beer samples from local breweries were also available.
Among the foods served were chocolate-covered fried bacon, bacon doughnuts, bacon and egg cheeseburgers, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, bacon-wrapped meatballs, pork tacos, pulled pork burgers, bacon cupcakes, bacon cheesecake and bacon-infused ice cream sundaes.
The pork tacos from Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ were among the crowd’s favorite food items. Another popular one came to be the pulled pork burger, courtesy of the Red Leprechaun.
In terms of sweets, the bacon cupcakes from Twisted Sweetz reigned supreme, with bacon red velvet cupcakes being the clear favorite.
Coca-Cola was also on site providing drink samples and giving away mini cans.
On top of the exquisite food, DJ Dennis Owens, the Hawkline Monster Band and select players from the Legends Football League provided entertainment. The Hawkline Monster Band was a true delight, believe it or not, as they performed several popular covers, including some of Bob Marley’s repertoire.