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San Mateo preps for Bacon and Brew: Central Park hosts foodies, music, microbrews at third annual festival
October 08, 2015, 05:00 AM By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal

Photo courtesy of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
San Mateo's Central Park will host the Bacon and Brew Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The family-friendly event will also feature three bands, a children's bounce house, face painting, a balloon artist, a beer garden and tons of food serving bacon-themed recipes.

From pork to hops with a little sweet in between, the annual Bacon and Brew Festival brings it together with everything from bacon chocolate to bacon bloody marys.

For the third year, San Mateo’s historic 16-acre Central Park will be transformed for one day only into a foodie and microbrew lover’s delight.

This Saturday will be the first rendition of the Bacon and Brew Festival tapping in to Oktoberfest with plans for a beer garden, live polka music and costumes galore.

A competitive twist is also being thrown in the mix as the park will host the city’s first Best Bartender Competition where local pros try to wow a panel of judges by concocting a specialty drink that is, of course, inspired by bacon.

The family-friendly event will also feature three bands, a children’s bounce house, face painting, a balloon artist and tons of restaurants serving bacon-themed recipes. A variety of vendors will be selling a range of goods from jewelry to hot sauce throughout the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. event.

Thirsty adults can also participate in a craft beer sampling, grab a drink from numerous vendors or even visit the Farallon Vodka Bloody Mary Bar — courtesy of the San Carlos-based Coastal Spirits distillery.

The San Mateo Chamber of Commerce hosts the event that encourages visitors from across the Bay Area to visit for an afternoon filled with food and drink.

Chamber CEO Cheryl Angeles said the event pairs two things that pull on the strings of hearts around America — microbreweries and bacon.

“It brings younger people out to spend the day enjoying, hopefully, the sunshine, it’s supposed to be 81 degrees, and just having a couple beers, tasting the great bacon dishes and listening to great music,” Angeles said.

Participating restaurants and food trucks include Block 34, Little Red Riding Truck, Seoul on Wheels, Three Restaurant, Rocco’s Ice Cream Taco’s and more. Each will have various bacon-offerings and those in attendance can try bacon blue fries, bacon empanadas, pork belly tacos and whatever other pig-inspired concoctions vendors can produce.

“There’s everything from bacon ice cream and chocolate to bacon bits. All these crazy things,” said Rebecca Zito, senior management analyst in the city manager’s office.

As a city known for a happening downtown restaurant scene, having this welcoming fall foodie event at Central Park is ideal, Zito said.

“The Bacon and Brew Festival brings a lot of positive energy to San Mateo. It’s a fun and creative event that exposes visitors to San Mateo, highlights our downtown and plays off our food and dining scene,” Zito said. “The really nice thing with both [last weekend’s] Wine Walk and the Bacon and Brew Festival, is that it carries over the energy from the summer and is a nice segue into the winter and holiday events that are coming.”

The Bacon and Brew Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at San Mateo’s Central Park near El Camino Real and Fifth Avenue. Tickets are $10 and include a 12-ounce beer stein while supplies last. Visit for more information or to buy tickets.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106



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