I needn't write little more than the word "bacon" and y'all will come running to this fest, right? Of course, it's bacon. Bacon is delicious. It's the king of all sustenance with its salty sizzle and courtly companionship.
Simply put, it's the most perfect fare, and local chefs are on a mission to prove it by highlighting delicious bacon-inspired creations on their menus throughout the weekend.
From Sept. 1 to 4 on River Street, you'll find bacon on a stick, bacon wrapped in bacon, dipped in chocolate and dangling out of Bloody Marys, bacon burgers, barbecue bacon sandwiches and hot dogs piled with pork belly. And while it'll be fine swine for all, there's still much to do once the meat sweats stop.
This year, the fest is welcoming award-winning Alabama performers Sweet Tea Trio to the Rousakis Plaza stage Saturday evening. It's a chance to catch the group before they head on tour with Kid Rock and Robert Randolph.
Bobby Lee Rodgers is also playing Saturday with local musician/songwriter Andrew Gill. Rodgers founded the legendary Southern band The Codetalkers and now tours regularly with Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Gov't Mule and a few others. Rounding out the live music lineup on the Rousakis Stage are local acts A Nickel Bag of Funk, Liquid Ginger, Danielle Hicks & The Resistance, and The Isaac Smith Band.
Kids will have a chance to get their wiggles out with art classes, games and a host of activities in the Waterfront Kidz Zone at Rousakis Plaza, and sports fans can keep up with their favorite college football team with games projected throughout the plaza.
The event is a popular one (because, bacon) with thousands of folks expected on the riverfront during the long weekend. It's also a way for Savannah Waterfront Association to give back to the community. This year, they will highlight Savannah firefighters who have faithfully protected our city and saved countless lives through the years. All active and retired Savannah firefighters will receive free breakfast from fest sponsors from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1.
"We are so thankful to our Savannah firefighters for their dedicated service to the Savannah community for over 200 years," said SWA Executive Director Victoria Smith. "Last November, Master Firefighter Michael Curry gave his life trying to save dozens of visitors to the waterfront after a dock collapsed. We want to take this opportunity to recognize Michael and his family for their sacrifice. This breakfast is a small gesture we can provide to those in our community who have some of the toughest, most dangerous jobs out there."
The local firefighters will also have a booth set up during the event to sell merchandise and lend a hand when needed.
IF YOU GO
What: Fourth annual Bacon Fest
When: 4-11 p.m. Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 2-3; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4
Where: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza
Cost: Concerts are free; admission to Waterfront Kidz Zone is $5; vendors will be selling food, art and other goods