Pig Out + BaconFest

troy pig out bacon fest 2013

Oink: The Troy Pig Out is combining with Bacon Fest NY for a two-day porktacular in Troy's Riverfront Park July 13-14.

The Pig Out is an annual barbecue competition and tasting. The first Bacon Fest was last year in Hudson -- it was very popular, which turned out to be a problem as there weren't enough samples to go around. It sounds like that experience played a role in the decision to team up with the Pig Out this year.

And, as Troy Downtown BID exec director Elizabeth Young notes in the press release: "Adding bacon just made sense - because really, what isn't better with bacon?"

The bacon portion of "what may be most ambitious pork festival in the state of NY" will be "Bacon Alley," according to the press release -- "a dedicated portion of festival grounds to hail the accomplishments of chefs, artisans and craftsman from around the region as they pay homage to the glory of bacon."

Admission is free. Samples are $1 for the People's Choice rib taste off, and other BBQ samples will be $1-$5.

Earlier on AOA: Strategy for crowded food festivals

Comments

This is the best news I have ever received, replacing the old favorite, "Your test results came back negative."

Cue comments about Troy finally > Albany...

I love how it says 2012 on the Bacon Fest in Troy, NY.

Bacon Fest was a really great concept last year. The day was beutiful and we had a great time. But, there was definitely a lack of bacon. And almost all of the bacon you could get was being used as an ingredient in various dishes. It was very hard to get a piece of bacon from anyone. Hopefully they can fix that this year. I have great faith in this pairing.
As a non-food related side note...the 2012 Bacon Fest posters from the legendary Hatch Show Print and the well-designed, super soft shirts were both amazingly well done. I hope whoever is in charge of that part of the event is from the Bacon Fest side of things as opposed to the Pig Out side.

Interesting contrast between those two logos.

The pig on the left is unhappy because he will be eaten. The pig on the right is smiling, despite the fact that he will be eaten.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Does it say something about bacon? Even the pigs love bacon?

2012 = LOL.
GREAT POSTER!

Both logos are nice.

I'm a little disappointed in the change of location, but I totally understand why they would want to piggy back on a larger event. It's my understanding that the problem they had last year with the lack of vending is because many vendors didn't want to take a chance on showing up to a new event where nobody shows up. (I guess the vendors didn't know anything about Hudson!) We had a blast last year, but we got there early when there was plenty of bacon to be had.

The reason I'm disappointed isn't just because it won't be in Hudson -- it's because i loathe large crowds. I'm glad I skipped the food truck fest for just that reason. Long lines with nothing to do but wait? Do not want.

After last year, Henry Hudson waterfront park wouldn't be big enough for a BF2013.

I'm glad its not in Hudson. The local restaurants didn't seem to be willing to get behind the event (until they realized how big it was). Troy is a actually a great location for the event the infrastructure is in place to accommodate thousands (thanks to the Pig Out) and its clear that Troy has done work to revitalize the waterfront - while Albany just talks about it (how many meetings do you need to have?).

Good luck Baconfest.

Boooooooo. Just say no to dead pigs!

@J - Life feeds on life...feeds on life...feeds on life...

Besides, bacon is proven to help you live longer:

@ ktvorwald - then skip the event and let other's enjoy it! It's selfish to say you want it to stay in Hudson because it would stay smaller - what about the amount of sales available to the participants and surrounding businesses by a larger festival? From what I've read of the accounts of Bacon Fest last year, MASSIVE amounts of people showed up, mainly because it was mentioned in a NYC paper as something to do that weekend. It was basically the worst run festival from last year because no one was expecting that many people, and the vendors weren't prepared. IMHO, a larger, more organized festival space is needed for this to succeed.

I just want to know when the next one is!!!

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