Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival

Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival

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Mary L. ·
Reviewed October 29, 2012
Great job for first annual event!!! Excellent 'Bacon' chef participation!!!! Please be encouraged by the massive crowds, like myself who waited patiently (mostly) for 2 hours, salivating as we slowly approached the "Bacon Tent". The ticket/Groupon redeeming & beer lines were also very long waits...Next year I'm sure the 'kinks" will be worked out. Just need more people helping out and other Bacon foods offered by vendors perhaps, & have other beverages available, other than beer. If there is a possibility of long lines once inside the Fairground area, vendors could have portable push carts with water, soda, or even food offerings while we are awaiting to taste the competing BACON CREATIONS. People couldn't wait in 2 lines at once. Thank you for doing this WONDERFULL EVENT!!! All the Chefs were top notch!!!


Delicia B. ·
Reviewed November 15, 2012
The music was great at this event, good can tell it was the 1st year but also Iwalked away knowing that it will get better organized & more polished every year. This could be the next big event for Monterey.


Todd P. ·
Reviewed October 31, 2012
The layout could be better . Food in a couple of places along the walkway, instead of one place..

What You'll Get

Hailed as the “candy of meats,” bacon tastes delicious even when wrapped in chocolate, draped across cupcakes, and exploding from piñatas. Feel the bacon rain down all around you with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

$25 for one general admission ticket (up to a $50 value) $45 for two general admission tickets (up to a $100 value)

  • Regular entry at noon
  • Bacon dish food sampling
  • Access to blues concerts throughout the day<p>

$69 for two VIP tickets (up to a $170 value)

  • Early entry at 11 a.m.
  • Bacon dish food sampling
  • Unlimited craft beer samples from Peter B’s Brew Pub
  • Access to blues concerts throughout the day
  • Exclusive private concert from Rollin’ & Tumblin’
  • Entry to the festival’s after-party
  • Raffle ticket<p>

$139 for four of the above VIP tickets (up to a $380 value) Those without parking passes must park their vehicles somewhere on the streets around the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The first annual Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival, organized by Moore Media, takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 27 from noon to 6 p.m. The food-and-music festival calls upon local Monterey Bay chefs and restaurants to flex their culinary skills by using Baker’s Bacon as the focal point of their dishes, which festivalgoers and a panel of judges will sample throughout the day. The panel of judges later decides its favorite dish and awards its chef an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. Headlining the musical side of the proceedings is six-string slinger Les Dudek, an artist best known for backing such heavy-hitters as Boz Scaggs, the Steve Miller Band, and the Allman Brothers. Before Dudek shreds otherworldly solos with his axe—much like a Viking battling space aliens—the five-piece Contino Band warms up the crowd with its upbeat brand of blues and rock while blues band Rollin & Tumblin takes on the VIP party. The raucous after-party takes over the Turf Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival

Inaugurated in 2012, the Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival beckons Bay-area residents to take part in an afternoon filled with meat, music, and mead. Local chefs, including restaurant professionals and amateurs, compete to see who can win over the judges with bacon-centric dishes that festivalgoers can sample throughout the day. Although judges determine the grand-prize winner, guests decide the People’s Choice titleholder through a unique voting process. Each festivalgoer is granted nine marbles with which to vote, and at the end of the event, contestants’ marble jars are weighed to crown the winner. As the afternoon endures, a lineup of local and national blues musicians aims its tunes at the open sky, simultaneously entertaining onlookers and emphasizing with the lonely Man in the Moon.

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