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Annual Toronto Bacon Fest serves up swine in 40 ways

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 7, 2014

bacon festBacon-infused beverages, bacon funnel cakes, bacon shakes, and an entire restaurant devoted to bacon; short of binding a book made out of the crispy stuff and printing War and Peace on it, it seems like this city has run out of ways to reinvent everyone's favourite pork product.

But just when you think you've seen it all, the Leslieville Farmer's Market is set to bring back its Baconfest competition for the third year, with 40 vendors putting their best bacon-infused recipes head to head.

The competition, set for August 17 at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, is set to include local spots like County Cocktail and Skin + Bones as well as the Junction's Indie Ale House, and a few sweets purveyors, including Be Good Gelato.

Some of the snacks will feature vegetarian bacon, and all will be available for your snacking pleasure at the event, in addition to being judged by the expert panel on creativity, presentation, taste, ingredient sourcing, and "baconness". Can you truly judge bacon, though? It's beautiful just the way it is.

Photo from Rashers on Facebook.



JOE / August 7, 2014 at 04:43 pm
Has it gotten any better/more organized? Went to the first one and very disappointing by selection/what was left when I got there at 11am and already ran out of everything.
Sarah B. Hood / August 7, 2014 at 09:20 pm
It's a market! When things are gone, they're gone!
Consuella / August 8, 2014 at 02:19 pm
go earlier next time!
Hoolio / August 9, 2014 at 08:14 am
don't call it a fest if it's a market. False advertising. Hopefully vendors have a better idea of the magnitude now.
LatteSippingElitist / August 9, 2014 at 10:09 am
Oh look a Toronto good festival of some sort. Prepare for long lines and disappointment.
JFJ / August 11, 2014 at 02:29 pm
The only known cure for vegetarianism has arrived
Jenny / August 9, 2015 at 11:20 am
Yup, here's the vegan.... I grew up eating bacon, loved it. Then I came across Esther the Wonder Pig on Facebook. Then I met her... Just can't now face eating bacon now I know that these critters are as intelligent as dogs, and that they really suffer going through the horrors of transport in the boiling hot/freezing cold weather of Canada. Thankfully taste buds and hearts can change :)
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