Bacon lovers to converge upon St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Beef might be what's for dinner, but it's another popular meat that's taking center stage this weekend in the Old City.

Francis Field in St. Augustine is hosting the first ever Bacon Nation Festival on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days.

Admission is $4 for individuals 14 years and older and free for those 13 years and younger. Francis Field is located on West Castillo Dr. between historic A1A and N. Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Approximately 20 food trucks are expected to attend and sell a variety of different bacon-inspired creations. Alcohol will also be sold with some of the proceeds going to cancer research and treatment.

"Each truck is basically going to try and specialize in some sort of bacon dish," said festival co-founder Jeffrey John of Jacksonville.

John said the dishes could range from something traditional like a bacon hamburger to something more creative like a bacon-inspired dessert.

"We're just going to go down there, host the event and let the trucks do their own thing," he said.

The festival was initially planned for last year, but John said the logistics could not be worked out in time. He said he is hopeful and excited to see bacon lovers from all walks of life come together.

"We're trying to get a bunch of people locally to come down, but at the same time we're hoping for foot traffic because of the location of Francis Field," John said.

As for the inspiration behind the event, he said bacon is the kind of food that has universal appeal. "Everybody loves bacon. It's just something we feel is going to work good for our area."

You read more about the inaugural Bacon Nation Festival here.


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