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Hooves on the Ground: Sacramento’s First Baconfest

Did that guy ever find out who the man was that put the Bop in the Bop-she-bop-she-bop? And if so, did he shake his hand? And if so, was it a firm handshake, or was it one of those flacid limp fish handshakes?

Anyway, yesterday’s storm break (the one that followed nearly five inches of rain in certain parts of the foothills) provided a bright and sunny day for this weekend’s Inaugural Sacramento Baconfest of 2012.

sacramento baconfest, magpie cafe, bike rack

Outside the Magpie Cafe on R Street. And a bike rack.

Ever since I first got word about the porky event, I shouted and touted and proclaimed I was going to the late breakfast on Saturday at Magpie Cafe, whose menu featured things like bacon frittatas, bacon breakfast sandwiches, two different BLTs (one of which featured fried green tomatoes), and bacon bread pudding!

magpie cafe, sacramento

Other places like Luigi’s served Bacon Pizza. Pangaea Cafe had beer with bacon in the glass. Local celebrities would judge bacon-inspired meals created by local chefs at Mulvaney’s.

People across the country were talking about the Sacramento Baconfest, even Mr. Baconpants in Pennsylvannia!

Oh, it was going to be a day, my little nanny goats. And I was going to take pictures, and you were going to see all the bacon nomnoms and Sacramento was going to gleefully glisten with grease.

Magpie Cafe’s event started at 7:30am and was scheduled to go until “the food ran out”. We plopped ourselves down at a table there at 1:30pm (because we read somewhere that breakfast was served until 3pm). They updated their menu throughout the morning as they began to “run out”, so that by the time we grabbed one, it looked like this:

magpie menu, baconfest

*sad trombone*

The frittatas were nowhere to be found. The Bacon Bread Pudding had completely fallen off. You couldn’t get a side of bacon to save your life.

As we wiped the tears from our eyes, we walked around the corner to another restaurant that was not participating in Baconfest (and therefore had bacon) and ordered bacon cheeseburgers.

cafe bernardo, burger menu, sacramento

No crossed-out bacon here.

It was okay, I guess. But it wasn’t a Baconfest bacony bacon-filled, bacon-encrusted, bacon-stuffed thing.

cafe bernardo, bacon cheeseburger

The Bacon Cheeseburger from Cafe Bernardo


You know, the same thing happened when I went to the first SactoMoFo Food Truck Festival. They ran out of food and those trucks that kept going had 2 hour-long lines, so I didn’t get anything there either.

I hope people are paying attention to what happens when you throw the right kind of food at Sacramento. Clear clamoring occurs here and it screams opportunity. We are obviously pigs and nothing says “OINK” like a Baconfest.

If the world doesn’t end in December, and they have it again in 2013, I’ll set my alarm clock.

So my little nanny goats, I am sorry to say that this year, my Baconfest tour was a lot like my friend’s parking meter when we got back to her car:

parking meter, fail, expired




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  1. Anonymous says:

    at Vignola’s, a restaurant here in Portland Maine, they make a bacon Bloody Mary for brunch all the time…. you’ll have to come out here to try one…

    1.  Mmmmmm, bacon Bloody Mary.

  2. Linda R. says:

    Obviously some places did not plan ahead, seriously underestimating the power of bacon!

    1. Truly. They’ll know better next year.

  3. annie jones says:

    Bacon is yummy, bacon is fab,
    Bacon is to blame for most of my flab.

    Now I have to go see what mr Baconpants is up to because I think he’s my kind of man.

    1. Hey, did you just make that up? You’re a poet. And a bacon fan. Awesome. 🙂

  4. J. Bear Savo says:

    Too bad you couldn’t get more bacon… But a bacon fest sounds great. Around here we have the tomato fest in Pittston every year, but who gives a shit?

    P.S. Any time a man gives me one of those limp pussy handshakes, I want to punch him in the mouth.

  5. Ooooo.  I feel like you have been teasing me with the hint of bacon.


    You had me at Baconfest.

    And what’s better than a BLT with  fried green tomatoes, and bacon bread pudding? NOTHING.

    What shame you had to settle for a burger. Even though it does look pretty delicious in that photo.

    1. It was OK, but kind of anti-climactic.

  7. Joanna Jenkins says:

    Just seeing the word “Baconfest” in print made me smile.  What a mouthwatering idea.  But I can’t believe a restaurant would actually run out of bacon…. and eggs!  Yikes.

    I wish we had Baconfest in LA.

    xo jj

    1. I think L.A. may be too skinny to have a Baconfest. 😉

  8. Kathy says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Truly. I was hoping to find out that it was so awesome I needed to hop on a plane next year to meet you at the next one. FAIL for sure.

  9. Guido Guido says:

    Thanks for the write up and I’m sorry things ran out pretty fast, the event was much bigger thanany of us anticipated.  Next year will be bigger and better, we promise!  The Mulvaney’s event was a bargain $20 for food, including some of the local chefs that were competing in the bacon-off, three drinks and a grand old time.

    1. I’m already marking my calendar for it, Guido, and I’d love to interview you for this here blog next year before the big event, if you’re interested.

      1. Guido Guido says:

        sounds good, send me a message

  10. Nezzy says:

    Booger…and I got all excited for ya too!!!!

    There’s just nothin’ quite like bacon to draw a crowd.

    I’m soooooo sorry.

    Have a blessed week sweetie and may it be filled with bacon, bacon, bacon!!!!

  11. Slommler says:

    Well that sucks!!  I would have liked the bacon bread pudding.  Yummers

    1. I know! Bacon bread pudding sounds crazy, but crazy good!

  12. Pricilla says:

    I guess you have to get up early to get the bacon

    1. Indeed, Pricilla. Indeed.

  13. Lisa says:

    I was there! Well, not there there. But I went to Pangea with my fiance to celebrate our first-date anniversary. It was wonderful. There was beer with bacon in the glass, bacon nachos and a whole lot of people. It was like bacon-topia or something cool like that. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to blog about it until just right now because obviously my brain is also a big, giant fail. 

    1. Lucky! Now I’m jealous.

  14. Michael Golch says: