That scrumptious combination of crunchy, chewy and salty called “bacon” might shrink when it hits the frying pan, but a festival in its honor in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach just keeps getting bigger.
Now in its third year, Bacon Fest “was created as a fun spring event for locals and visitors alike,” said organizer Justin Redefer. “Who doesn’t love bacon? We wanted to create a unique event highlighting local restaurants during off-season,” said Redefer, owner of iDewey.com and Bacon Fest creator.
The first Dewey Beach Bacon Fest in 2014, Redefer said, was “wildly successful,” with more than 500 attendees. “The second year, 2015, we expanded the event to two days and added Rehoboth Beach, making this an awesome weekend full of bacon creations.”
The 2016 Bacon Fest will be the largest by far, featuring more than 30 bacon creations available for pass-holders’ bacony-indulgence across two days, on Saturday in Dewey Beach or Sunday in Rehoboth Beach, according to Redefer.
Although the event doesn’t “officially” start until Saturday, April 23, early-birds can pick up their passes at a Welcome Party/Pass Pick Up at Dewey Beer Company from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 22. That way, Redefer said, bacon fans can skip the line and go directly to their starting location and time on both days.
Each pass (limited to 300 in all), he explained, contains a map with a start location and time, so as to keep the Bacon Fest moving along at a crisp pace.
Otherwise, passes can be picked up at iDewey.com’s home base, at 102 New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach, with Pass Pick Up starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.
“First-Wave” VIP passes cost $45 in advance for two days, offering an hour’s head-start on the bacon bonanza, while “Second Wave” general-admission passes cost $35 for those who can wait for a later start for “second breakfast.” A one-day Bacon Fest pass costs $20 and gives pass-holders a single day in either location with a start time that splits the others right down the middle, just like their favorite rashers.
VIP Pass Start time on Saturday is “approximately” noon. General-admission pass-holders can start their bacon consumption at “approximately” 1 p.m., with one-day pass-holders going at it at 12:30 p.m.
Festival goers’ mission: enjoy all the bacon creations Dewey has to offer, return their ballots to the location listed on their maps by 4 p.m., to help determine who will win bragging rights as Best Bacon on the Beach 2016.
Then, Saturday evening, bacon aficionados can head to the beach for some crackling fun at the Bacon Bonfire — and parents are being encouraged to bring their “bacon bits” for some great family time.
On Sunday, April 24, the festivities move to Rehoboth Beach, with passes available for pickup from The Pond or Nicola Pizza at 11 a.m., and VIP pass-holders again free to start breaking bacon at noon, while general-admission pass-holders start at 1 p.m. and one-day pass-holders at 12:30 p.m.
Ballots for Best Bacon on the Beach/Rehoboth Beach should be turned in at the location specified on each map by 4 p.m. Awards will be given out Sunday afternoon at the Starboard restaurant.
Participating businesses include: the Starboard restaurant, Nicola Pizza, Baked, Nalu Surf Bar, Salt Air, Dewey Beer Company, Lula Brazil, Woody’s Dewey Beach, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, Summerhouse Restaurant & Saloon, Peppers, Jam, Dewey Grotto, The Pond—Rehoboth, Rusty Rudder, Conch Island Key West Bar & Grill, the Lighthouse, the Ice Cream Store—Rehoboth Beach, Que Pasa, Lupo Di Mare—Rehoboth Beach, Fifer’s Farm Market Café, Blotto Gelato, Jake’s Seafood—Rehoboth Beach, McShea’s Beach Pub & Grill, Dewey Beach Club, Kaisy’s Delights, Papa Grande’s—Rehoboth, Upslidedown Dave and America’s Pie at the Beach, Beachside.