RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
This Sunday, the Richmond Bacon Festival returns to Shockoe Bottom, and organizers are extra prepared for the crowd of bacon lovers who came out in unprecedented numbers last year.
Bacon tacos, bacon lattes, bacon ice pops—you name it, and it will be wrapped in bacon at the 17th Street Farmers Market come June 8.
Last year the first-ever Richmond Bacon Festival drew more than 15,000 people, but many waited in line for hours for that unique bacon bite, while others left hungry, without a bacon bit as vendors ran out of food.
“It was a first-time event,” said Bacon Festival Co-Organizer Stephen Tuzeneu. “I don’t think anyone expected to get the turnout that we did, bacon or not, so give us another shot.”
This year organizers say they’re ready for the crowds, with more everything.
“More vendors, more bacon, more space, more beer,” Tuzeneu said. “We have doubled the number of vendors from 20 to 40.”
Last year the festival was contained to just the farmers market square. But this year organizers are blocking off more space, expanding the festival zone to East Grace Street.
“We have almost tripled the size of the event,” said John Sydnor of Enrichmond. “All the restaurants have doubled the amount of food that they are going to bring.”
There will also be more parking. The lot next to Main Street Station will be open, adding 600 spots for Richmond’s bacon lovers.
The Richmond Bacon Festival gets cooking at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8 and ends at 5 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom. The cost is $4 a plate.
You can also feel good about the bacon you consume; all the proceeds from the festival benefit the Enrichmond Foundation, which sponsors community gardens and park programs for kids and plants trees in the area.