It’s quickly become one of the most delicious Wichita events of the year, giving locals and visitors a taste of an array of Wichita restaurants and regional breweries all in one location. Plan now to attend the third installment of the Air Capital Bacon and Beer Festival from 3-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Hartman Arena, just north of Wichita in Park City.
The first year Hartman Arena held this festival, it underestimated the allure of bacon. An unexpected crowd of 700 attendees gobbled up all of the samples quickly. Last year, organizers loaded up on the bacon samples and added more craft beer to the event, attracting about 1,300 people.
This year organizers say to expect another excellent salute to the ultimate culinary match made in hog heaven. The 21 and older event will showcase bacon-themed dishes from a dozen local restaurants and nearly 75 different craft beers from regional brewers.
Confirmed Restaurants (Competing for the Squealer Award for People's Choice
- Parsnipity Café
- The Grille at Reflection Ridge Golf Club (reigning Best Bacon Squealer Champion)
- Country Kitchen/Best Western North
- Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch
- Jimmy’s Egg
- El Pollo Dorado
- Cero’s Candies
- Personal chef Roberto Simmons
Participating Kansas Breweries
- Wichita Brewing Co.
- Walnut River
- Three Rings
- Third Place Brewing
- Salt City
- River City Brewing Co.
- Limestone Beer Co.
- Hopping Gnome Brewing Company (the festival’s reigning two-time Best Beer Champion)
- Aero Plains Brewing
- Sierra Nevada
- Oskar Blues
- New Belgium
- Goose Island
- Big Sky
Other Festival Activities
- Mechanical pig rides
- The Hormel bacon-eating contest
- Shopping for T-shirts emblazoned with funny bacon and beer phrases
- Photo booth
- Music by local band Sunshine the Bunny
Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Annual Air Capital Bacon & Beer Festival. General admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the gate; unlimited samples are included in the price of admission and all attendees will also receive a complimentary pint glass. VIP tickets are $65 advance, $70 day of and include entry an hour earlier than general admission, a bloody mary bar and a BLT bar.
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