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Baconfest: Unique event in South Cape next Saturday

By Staff | Jul 31, 2015

Tickets are on sale for one of the South Cape’s most unique events – and it involves bacon.

The second annual South Cape Baconfest will take place on Aug. 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the downtown Cape Coral area. This year, 14 venues will participate by each offering a food and drink item, with one or both centered around the bacon theme. Event tickets are $20 per person; only 1,000 are available.

“Everybody loves bacon, so you can’t go wrong,” David Delli Paoli, spokesman for the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations, said Thursday. “It was a big success the first year.”

All of the associations’ events have some sort of a theme, which normally are drink-based. Organizers decided last year to try something different by offering an event spotlighting a food item – bacon.

“It’s to draw more of the restaurants in,” he said. “Try to get them a little more involved.”

Organizers estimated that between 800 and 900 tickets were sold for the first year.

“We were very close to a sellout,” Delli Paoli said. “Hopefully, we’ll reach that this year.”

As of Thursday, he was unaware of how many tickets were still available for sale.

“I would definitely recommend they get them sooner than later,” Delli Paoli said of attendees.

While local favorites Chicago Pizza, The Island Seafood Restaurant and Ciao Wood Fired Pizza & Trattoria will not be taking part this year, there are some new additions to the event. Paradise Pizza and Coconuts Neighborhood Bar & Eatery is on the list, along with the Cape Coral Brewing Company.

“We have a couple new locations,” he said.

The “bacon” items served up could come in the form of food, beer, mixed drinks or appetizers. For example, Tubby’s City Hangout is planning on popcorn popped in bacon grease, with bacon bits added. The other locations are planning everything from bacon-wrapped shrimp, to bacon pizza, and more.

“There’s some bacon beer,” Delli Paoli said.

The recently opened No.3 Craft Brews and Beer Bar, at 1319 E. Cape Coral Parkway, has partnered with the Dixie Roadhouse, and BackStreets Sports Bar will also offer up a bacon-flavored drink.

“It kind of tastes like a pancake. It’s made from a bacon liqueur,” he said.

“On this event, you get some pretty creative ways of eating and drinking bacon,” Delli Paoli added.

Attendees are required to check-in between 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Big John’s parking lot or Club Square parking lot. After turning over their ticket, they will receive a wristband and passport.

Late check-ins will be taken care of at the Cruiser’s Lounge and Dixie.

Five trolleys will transport the attendees among the locations.

Organizers advised that people park where they want to end up at the end of the night.

Baconfest T-shirts will be available at the check-in sites the day of.

“They’re going to be for sale,” he said.

Those hoping to score last-minute tickets may find some the day of the event at BackStreets until check-in time. If there are any left after that, they will be available for sale at the check-in sites.

“Bacon’s so popular,” Delli Paoli said. “It’s almost like a pop culture atmosphere.”

The event is only open to those ages 21 and older.

For more information on the second annual South Cape Baconfest, visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SouthCapeHospitalityAndEntertainmentAssociations.