How far would you travel to pig out at an entire festival dedicated to bacon? If you’d go any distance, you’re in luck, because Kingaroy’s epic BaconFest is back for its second year, and a swift three-hour drive from Brisbane is all it will take to get you there.
From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 August, the quiet country town of Kingaroy will be heaving with thousands of bacon lovers who travel from far and wide to sample some of Queensland’s best bacon and pork products, as well an array of locally grown food and wine. Basically, if you're a bacon lover you’re going to want to be there to stuff your face with all things pork and porcine from the 40 odd food stalls who’ll be there for the weekend.
From smoked bacon hot dogs to bacon and salted caramel ice cream and pork fairy floss, there’s nothing that can’t be bacon-ified at this festival. A seven-tier chocolate fountain for dipping deep-fried bacon would be an absolute sin to miss, but if you need more convincing, you’ll also have the chance to sample bacon-infused bourbon.
Head up nice and early on Sunday and you can nab a seat at the long table breakfast cooked up by celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, but if bulk pork devouring is more your style, there’s also plans for a bacon-eating competition, with the winner walking away with a year’s supply of bacon. Better start practising now. Oh and there’s a Keven Bacon movie night on the agenda. See why you really shouldn’t miss this one?
It’s all going down in the heart of Kingaroy, with entrance to the main festival free, but tickets to events like the long table breakfast available here.
When: Friday 23 to Sunday 25 August
Find out more here.
Better loosen your belt, because a cake festival is hitting town this month too.
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