More than three dozen trucks featured creations ranging from Korean-stye barbecue bacon taco to bacon-wrapped ribs over mac and cheese. There were lobster bacon tacos, and doughnuts, quesadillas, bread pudding and sliders, all featuring bacon.
For the baconoscenti, it was heaven. "How can you go wrong with bacon, Tater Tots and cheese?" asked KC Sharp, 55, of Livermore, while waiting to order at the Bacon Bacon food truck.
Trucks like Bacon Bacon, whose reputations preceded them at Plaza de CÉsar ChÁvez in downtown San Jose, were drawing the longest lines by midday Saturday. With appetizer-sized dishes mostly priced at
"The variety of the trucks is awesome," said
All sold out
"Last year, vendors didn't realize how much people wanted bacon in everything. They wanted bacon on bacon on bacon," Sebastian said. "We learned we cannot overdo the bacon."
To that end, Sebastian secured 500 pounds of bacon they were keeping in a refrigerator on site to offset any potential shortages.
The local cupcake vendor Fairy Cakes's most popular flavor was chocolate maple bacon, and also plain maple bacon cupcakes.
"We are lucky to be very well loved," said
Moving the festival from Berryessa to downtown also created a sea change in atmosphere, Sebastian said, with more space, enhanced aesthetics and better visibility.
On Friday and Saturday, there was plenty of room to move around, and the park offered the built-in amenities of its popular water fountain, shaded grassy areas and tree-lined perimeter. Tables were plentiful, and overturned buckets serving as seats reflected the laid-back vibe throughout the venue. The location also allowed the event to absorb passing foot traffic, which was virtually nonexistent last year.
"I'm ready for bacon overload," festival goer Ruby Roxxville of San Jose said Friday.
Bands and Bacon
While patrons scarfed down their salty-meat treats, local bands played on a main stage set up at the north end of the park, DJ's dotted the other end, and Revolution, a San Jose-based pro-wrestling outfit, erected a ring near the fountain and let its rising stars pretend to duke it out.
"Fireworks, bacon, wrestling, it's hard to beat the combination," Sebastian said.
Across the street, next to the
"What they're doing to pigs, cows and chickens is the same as what they're doing in dogfighting circles," organizer
There was enough variety for the non-bacon lovers, or just the bacon-satiated.
What to do for bacon overload?
"We're all going to a workout tomorrow morning," said
Or maybe a bacon meal could somehow be made healthier.
(c)2014 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
Visit the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) at www.mercurynews.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services