\BY JOE MARVILLI
They came from near and far to Flushing, riding the 7 train to Citi Field for an event like no other. While many who attended were baseball fans, the attendees arrived at the stadium for a different reason. They were there for the Bacon and Beer Classic.
The Bacon and Beer Classic stopped by Citi Field on July 26, with dozens of vendors lining the halls of the stadium to give out samples to any passersby. With two sessions, one in the early afternoon and one in the evening, hundreds of people got a chance to taste delicious wares from all over the country.
From the moment the doors opened to the long lines that had formed outside for the first session, everyone knew they were in store for a truly special event. With a complimentary souvenir tasting glass in hand, attendees moved from booth to booth, trying a variety of beers, ales, ciders and more. From smaller companies like Stone Brewing Co., Ithaca Beer, Sly Fox and Smuttynose, to big names like Samuel Adams and Woodchuck, there was something for everyone. Of course, some of the most popular tables were local businesses, such as Queens Brewery. There was even an up-and-comer from Long Island City, called Frava, giving attendees a delicious fruit energy drink.
While all these beverages were great, the bacon stands had the longest lines by far, and for good reason. Each stand had a tastier and more creative use of bacon than the last, giving everyone a new list of favorites to check out in the City. Bareburger gave out small elk burgers with a bacon spread. F. Ottomanelli Burgers and Blackbird’s Bar, located in Woodside and Astoria respectively, made sure that every bite of their burgers were filled with delicious bacon flavor as well. American Whiskey served up a mouth-watering bourbon-glazed piece of bacon. John’s of Times Square gave out bacon and cheese pizza, an item that will surely be a popular going forward.
Then there were the desserts. If you think bacon and dessert do not go together, think again. Come N Get It Gourmet BBQ had bacon and chocolate chip cookies, Robicelli’s had the bacon brownie and Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts came in a bacon-flavor.
When attendees needed a break from all the food options, they had several activities to take part in. In addition to classes on how to make some bacon delectables, there was a dunk tank, whiffle ball and an extra-large version of Jenga for fans. Those with VIP passes got a chance to walk around the field’s warning track and sit in the Mets dugout, an opportunity that many fans could not pass up. Towards the back, a batting cage let people practice their swing, knocking out a few softballs before heading back upstairs for more beer and bacon.
The Bacon and Beer Classic’s next stop is Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 27. For more information about food festival, visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.