It’s baaaaack… Bacon Festival returns to Richmond, with changes

Posted at 12:01 PM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-21 18:21:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Were you among the thousands of people who crowded Shockoe Bottom last year for Richmond's inaugural Bacon Festival. If you enjoyed the event, mark you calendars because the Bacon Festival is coming back.

Richmond Bacon festivalThe 2nd Annual Bacon Festival is scheduled to take place June 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. around the 17th Street Farmer's Market in Shockoe Bottom, according to a post on

"Last year a record-breaking crowd came out to the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe to taste, sample, sell, smell and enjoy all things bacon," the post read. "More than 30 Richmond restaurants and food trucks will bring their creative minds to this event, each on offering their own favorite and most cherished bacon-centric dishes."

The 2013 event attracted more than 15,000 bacon lovers to the Bottom, according to organizers. Some festival goers complained of long lines, parking problems and vendors running out of food.

Organizers made some changes to improve the experience in 2014.

"The festival layout has been expanded for 2014," a post on the 17th Street Farmers' Market Facebook page read. "There will be two entrances to the festival along 17th Street, one at Main Street and one at Grace Street. The venue will encompass the area around the farmers market, and will stretch north to Grace and Ambler Streets and west to 18th Street."

Bacon items mentioned in the post include:

  • Bacon cheeseburger sliders
  • Bacon-infused mac- n-cheese
  • Bacon empanadas
  • Bacon & cheese fritters
  • Bacon corn muffins
  • Candied bacon
  • Bacon croissants
  • Bacon ice pops
  • Chocolate-covered bacon
  • Maple-bacon lattes

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