Levi’s Stadium (4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara) – which most recently hosted Super Bowl 50 – is home to the next Bacon and Beer Classic on Saturday, Feb. 27. To the surprise of hardly anyone in the Bay Area, bacon plus good beer – and cider – often form winning combinations. And the Bacon and Beer Classic provides a near-perfect forum in which to enjoy such combinations, as many who attended this past November and March – at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium – can surely attest to. All signs – including a 70-degree forecast for Saturday – point to another great South Bay turnout for the Classic.
Kate Levenstien – founder of Cannonball Productions and the Bacon and Beer Classic – is looking forward to hosting at Levi’s Stadium for the first time. She says, “The stadium is absolutely stunning; I am thrilled that our guests will be able to experience it so soon after the big game. I can’t imagine a better backdrop for sampling delicious bacon dishes and craft beer!”
Speaking of deliciousness, over 20 local restaurants – Bourbon Steak Santa Clara, Nom Burger, Psycho Donuts, 7 Stars Bar & Grill, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, to name a few – will be on hand to provide bacon-inspired dishes. Expect about 50 participating breweries and cideries spread throughout the stadium concourse. There will be giant Jenga, photo booth, a bungee run, a bacon eating contest and more.
South Bay breweries include Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Golden State Brewery, Faultline Brewing Company and Campbell Brewing Company. Local cider companies include Red Branch Cider Company and Wildcide Hard Cider. Additionally, look for Anchor Brewing, Speakeasy, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Stone, and Ballast Point, among others. All will be pouring two carefully selected beer or cider offerings.
A panel of judges – to include Pete Slosberg and Dan Gordon, along with yours truly and others – will be on site to award winners in select beer and bacon categories. The restaurant awarded the Best Overall Bacon Dish will go on to compete in the 2016 World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida.
Tickets to the Bacon and Beer Classic start at $79, depending on the selected time. Folks can attend the Afternoon session from 1pm-4pm or the Evening session from 7pm-10pm. VIP ticket holders are offered 1-hour early admission (12pm and 6pm respectively) and exclusive access to the field, where they may enjoy additional craft beers. Tickets are all inclusive and include a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic branded glass to take home.
Direct link to tickets: Click here. Note: Use code CHEERS for 20% off all tickets.
For more information about the festival, visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com.
About Bacon and Beer Classic
Hosted in professional sports stadiums, the Bacon and Beer Classic is one of the fastest-growing food and beverage festivals in the country. The 2016 tour will feature over seven destinations nationwide, including Denver’s Mile High Stadium on April 16th, New York City’s Citi Field on April 22nd and 23rd, and Seattle’s Safeco Field on May 21st. Cannonball Productions works hard to make this national festival feel personal to each city. Along with a variety of food recovery programs and the charitable organization One Brick, Cannonball Productions partners with neighborhood vendors and groups to promote and unite the community.
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