While there are undoubtedly many theories and philosophies regarding various diet regimens designed to ensure a healthy and long life, I have always maintained that gustatory pleasure for its own sake promotes one’s well-being – or, to put it another way, “the fat is where the flavor is.” Thus, it is with expectation that New York gourmands look forward to the second annual installment of The Great Big Bacon Picnic. Hailed as “The Bacon Event of the Year”, it has been moved to Autumn for 2016, and over the two-day weekend of September 24 & 25 there will indeed be a celebration embracing all manner of cured pork delicacies and artisanal spirits at the Old Pfizer Factory at 630 Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Uniquely, the event unfolds over both interior and outdoor spaces, with the open air area featuring the signature picnic area, live music, and presentations of unadorned rashers from pork producers – and event sponsors – such as Nueske’s, Vande Rose Farms, Plumrose, North Country Smokehouse, Nodine’s, Nicolosi Fine Foods and Master Purveyors, Inc. (also sponsoring is Williamsburg Pizza), while the indoor space features rows of tables where different chefs and restaurants serve specialties featuring swine; also indoors are stations where brew masters and craft distillers hold forth with samples of their work. There are over 100 food and drink participants, and so, as the roster of chefs/restaurants is different over the two days (with Saturday sessions from 12:00-2:30 and 5:30-8:00, and a Sunday session from 1:00-3:30 – VIP tickets allow entry an hour earlier for each session), for those wishing an extensive taste experience it’s worthwhile to attend both days.
Spirits sponsors include Manhattan Beer Distributors, Pmspirits.com, Union Beer Distributors, and other spirits participants include Sixpoint Brewery, Shiner Beer, New Belgium Brewing Co., Magic Hat Brewing Co., Kings County Distillery, New York Distilling Company, Original Sin Hard Cider, Two Roads Brewing Co., Tanteo Tequila, Iron Smoke Whiskey, Black Rock Spirits/Bakon Vodka, Koch Mezcal, Derrumbes Mezcal, El Buho Mezcal, Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits, Standard Spirit Distillery, Guillon-Painturaud Cognac and Greenport Harbor Brewing. Slated participating food purveyors include Bareburger, Big Papa Smokem Gourmet Smoked Meats, Famous Fat Dave, Off the Hook Raw Bar & Grill, Endless Summer Sandwich, Tres Carnes, Sweet Chili, Dirty Burger, F. Ottomanelli Burgers Restaurant, Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table, Brooklyn Baked and Fried, Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, Mile End Deli, Brooklyn Cupcake, MexiBBQ, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, BarBacon, BacoBurger, Oddfellows Ice Cream, LamChops Traveling Kitchen, P. J. Clarkes, Corinne’s Concepts in Catering, Boonnum’s Kitchen, and Grilled Cheese Alley, among others (a full and current list of participants is available online at http://greatbigbacon.com/). Tickets range from $79 to $189, and enable one unlimited sampling of foods and beverages; details are available by visiting the website.