Bacon lovers, unite! You'll find bacon aplenty at the Savannah Waterfront Association's third annual Bacon Fest on River Street.
The event starts off with a bang at 4 p.m. Sept. 2, culminating in a fireworks display over the river at 9:30 p.m. The fun and deliciousness will continue all day Sept. 3.
Not surprisingly, Bacon Fest will offer an array of dishes infused with and inspired by bacon for festival goers' gastronomical pleasure. Cravings can be satisfied with tasty offerings from local restaurants, including bacon hush puppies and barbecue bacon burgers from Tondee's Tavern, bacon-wrapped shrimp and bacon brownies from Bayou Cafe and cherry-glazed bacon on a stick from Wet Willie's. Save some room for treats from Cheesecake Market, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah Rae's Popcorn and more.
River Street staple The Naked Dog will be adding bacon jam-glazed hot dogs to the menu and serving up a new favorite, a loaded baked potato hot dog topped with - what else - bacon! Owners Jim and Patsy Hood are looking forward to participating in their third straight Bacon Fest.
Patsy gets things cooking in The Naked Dog and Reality Bites Bakery on Bull Street, including the homemade bacon jam for the their glazed dogs, but these offerings will be available for festival goers at the River Street location.
Not a fan of bacony goodness? That's OK, because Bacon Fest is a family-friendly event with something for everyone, including toy piggy derbies and arts and crafts vendors. Live music will be performed from the Rousakis Riverfront Arbor Stage, and a DJ will keep things moving between sets.
Savannah's Thomas Claxton & the Myth will be performing from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 2, followed by My Maiden Name, a local alternative rock band, from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 3. Headlining the event is none other than Dr. Bacon, a self-described "Appalachian funk-rock" band out of Asheville, N.C.
Football fans will have the chance to enjoy game-day coverage, as well.
"Foodies can take a break from sampling to enjoy game day entertainment throughout the weekend on multiple flatscreen TVs. The Savannah Waterfront Association and our sponsor Southern Eagle will host college football games for diehard fans," said Savannah Waterfront Association executive director Victoria Smith.
Smith encourages everyone to come out and experience Bacon Fest for themselves.
"Bacon Fest is very family friendly. There is a lot going on from a festival perspective ... and I think bacon makes everybody happy," Smith said with a laugh.