The second annual Bacon Festival of America is moving downtown to Plaza de Cesar Chavez and expanding to two days, July 4th and 5th. The number of trucks is bumped up to 39 (from 28) and the entertainment is expanded–including prime viewing for the return of fireworks to downtown San Jose.
And this year, the company behind the event, Moveable Feast, is bringing in bacon backup.
“I can’t tell you how much more pre-planning effort has gone into this event,” owner Ryan Sebastian said over the phone. “We just got Costco to donate 500 pounds of bacon. We’re working with the Downtown Association this year, and they helped us get sponsors. Someone called up Costco, and they said, ‘Sure, we’ll donate 500 pounds of bacon.’ They didn’t even want publicity for it.”
Sebastian is keeping this bacon in reserve on-site to absolutely prevent a repeat of last year’s fiasco. The first Bacon Festival of America saw a 12,000-strong bacon hungry horde descend upon the San Jose Flea Market–5,000 more than expected. The lines were long and the bacon scarce. When I talked to Sebastian last year, he wasn’t sure he’d do it again.
Afterward, Moveable Fest sent out a survey. “We had 900 people fill out the survey and we had such great suggestions. Thirty percent of people said forget it, but the other seventy percent said if you makes improvements, I’ll definitely come back.”
So, Moveable Feast brought on board local event production company Filco Events, which Sebastian cited as the tipping point in the decision to stage another Bacon Festival. “If we’re able to do the planning necessary, I think people are gonna wanna come back,” he said.
So they’ve doubled the days, expanded the food trucks, the entertainment and–most importantly–made sure there will be enough bacon.
Food truck offerings will all be bacon-themed and will all be $5 or less. Some trucks make obvious sense (like Bacon Bacon and Baconbot) while others are sure to get creative (Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos, Waffle Roost and We Sushi). The full list of trucks can be found here.
The entertainment slated includes local bands like Anya and the Get Down (including a performance of the national anthem by Anya Kvitka pre-fireworks), Pounders, The JurassiC, Melted State and the Honey Wilders. There will also be square dancing and–since the luchadores proved so popular at the recent TacoFest–pro-wrestling matches.
Sebastian expects July 4th to sell out, though as of this writing tickets can still be found here.
After the Bacon Festival, the next big Moveable Feast event will be an EDM Sriracha festival, details of which are still tantalizingly scarce.