Bacon & Barrels Festival is located in Solvang, CA and San Diego, CA

The Best Holiday Recipes with Bacon

Easy & Creative Ways to Add Bacon to Your Holiday Feast


Candied Bacon Martini

Yes we're going to start with alcohol. Don't you know us by now? Get the recipe here.


Bacon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Don't forget the apps you monster. Get the recipe here. 


Bacon-And-Cheese Deviled Eggs

There's a reason "apps" is always plural. Here's another great one. Deviled eggs are that holiday appetizer that there's never enough of. Seriously, make extra! So happy we found one with cheese in it. Get the recipe here.


Cheddar, Bacon, And Fresh Chive Biscuits

Biscuits. Bacon. That is all. Get the recipe here. 


Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon & Greens

Stuffing is always amazing. Stuffing with bacon: %$#$%&! Get the recipe here.


Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Mustard

This one sounds crazy because of the mustard, but trust us, it works. And if you hate mustard, just leave it out, jeeze, calm down. Get the recipe here. 


Bacon and Brown Sugar-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

The picture for this dish made us cry a little. Get the recipe here. 


Cornbread with Bacon Crust

 Cornbread is a holiday staple. Give it new life with this bacon twist. Get the recipe here. We recommend adding cheese.


Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

When you add greens to your feast, do it right. Get the recipe


Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cupcakes with Crispy Bacon Sprinkles

Add savory to your sweet dessert! Get the recipe here. 


Turkey: Bacon-Blanketed and Herb-Roasted

Bake this and drop the mic for good. Get the recipe here.

Top 8 Reasons to go VIP at Bacon & Barrels in Solvang

Bacon & Barrels at Buttonwood Farm & Winery in Solvang, California is coming July 17-19th. There are many fun and delicious reasons to go VIP status at Bacon & Barrels, here are three days of reasons:

1.)  3 days of Bacon, from the Masters of Pork. 
2.)  Friday Night's Kick Off Dinner with Chef Budi Kazali of the Ballard Inn. 2 words folks, Bacon Slaw. 
3.)  Saturday's VIP Lounge ain't no tent. We've given you the gorgeous and tree covered lounge that makes Buttonwood Farm Winery one of the prettiest wineries in the area. 
4.)  Wanna revisit Sides Hardware And Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant amazing Jefe de Porko winning Pork Steamed Buns from last year? Only you VIP! 
5.)  Heaven Squared Brownie Co. and their Pliny the Brownie. Just for YOU
6.)  12PM Admission for you. Why? So you can chill, while everyone else is in line!
7.)  Passed Samples in the lounge only from main floor participants. Because, why wait? You're VIP Status!
8.)  Sunday's Bacon Brunch by Chef Jake Francis of Industrial Eats at the lovely Liquid Farm. Remember last year's Kick-off Dinner? This dude knows his pork!

Grab your tickets now, because tree filled shady lounge. And bacon, lots more bacon.

Bacon & Barrels: 10 Amazing Under-the-Radar Festivals in California

Bacon & Barrels listed as "10 Amazing Under-the-Radar Festivals in California"!

Excerpt from Ordinary Traveler


Often called the Coachella of Bacon, this festival is a must for bacon lovers. One entry fee gives you all-you-can-eat-and-drink access to 30+ chefs, bakers, and brewers providing plenty of delicious bacon, beer, bourbon, wine and scotch. Bacon sandwiches, bacon cupcakes, bacon bourbon — the number of mouth-watering uses these cooks have discovered for savory breakfast meats are absolutely astounding.

Bacon & Barrels San Diego 2015 is Coming!

Bacon & Barrels, the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel, is back Saturday, May 9th at the Embarcadero Marina Park South! The all-day, all-inclusive festival will be begin at 12:00pm for VIP's and Early Birds and at 1:00pm for General Admission. The event ends at 5:00pm. 

Bacon & Barrels San Diego 2015 will bring MORE restaurants, MORE breweries, wineries, and distilleries, and MORE mixologists! 

Thinking of going VIP? You should. Here's why. We're bringing sweets, sip and savory to the VIP lounge. Exclusively for our VIP's, try bacon sushi, sweet treats incorporating bacon, from Nomad Donuts, Sweet Treats Truck and Pure Cupcakes. You'll also get to sip on bubbly from some of the best Sparkling Wine producers in California. Then work your bacon coma off by kicking back under the shade in luxury loungers while playing Wii. Plus you get in 1 hour earlier with the Early Entrance attendees!

Check out who's bringing the barrels, who's bringing the bacon and who's bringing the music!

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Countdown to Pig Town!

Bacon & Barrels San Diego's Event Highlights

Friday, May 30th - 4 Course VIP Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner at Bassmnt

Celebrity Chef Brooke Williamson, one of the Top Chefs in the Country will be holding court for our Bacon Inspired Dinner to be held at Bassmnt in San Diego. Co-Owner and Co-Executive Chef of the Hudson House, and The Tripel, Chef Williamson finished second in the all ladyTop Chef: Seattle Finals, and has gone on to mentor up and coming Chefs in the MTV Series,House of Food. The 4-Course VIP Dinner, featuring Beer pairings by “Dr. Bill” Sysak of Stone Brewing and Qupe wines, paired by Ethan Lindquist, will be held at Bassmnt in downtown San Diego on Friday, May 30th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. We also offer a la carte tickets to the dinner. You can purchase tickets here. 

The menu and pairings has been released!

·         Deviled crispy chicken skin toasts, lobster, bacon, and pickled habanero hot sauce

Beer Pairing: Stone's Cali-Belgique IPA.

Wine Pairing: Qupe's Bien Nacido Cuvee 2012

·         Sugar pea tendrils & burrata salad, radishes, sugar snap peas and warm bacon vinaigrette

Beer Pairing: Stone's Stochasticity Varna Necropolis

Wine Pairing: Qupe's 2012 Santa Barbara County Marsanne

·         Braised bacon, corn and salted cod chowder, corn salad, aged sherry vinegar roasted pepper puree

Beer Pairing: Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison.

Wine Pairing: Qupe's 2011 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache

·         Maple & bourbon baked apples with vanilla bean ice cream, bacon crumble & salted bourbon caramel

Beer Pairing: Stone's 2012 Old Gardian Barleywine

Wine Pairing: Qupe's 2011 Marsanne Doux


Saturday, May 31st - Grand Tasting at Embarcadero Marina Park South

Local chefs create their most imaginative, fresh recipes incorporating bacon.  Bacon & Barrels also features the best artisan and craft barrel beverages such as bourbon, beer, wine, and cocktails! All tastings are unlimited!

We are bringing in some of the best Santa Barbara county wineries! If you find something you love, some of the wineries will have order forms on hand for you to purchase bottles, to be shipped from the winery.

That's not all...Bacon & Barrels will also feature live music from the Black Crystal Wolf Kids, the first-ever indie-rock tribute act, and indie darlings, The Stone Foxes. 

A day-long festival is just not complete without games. Bacon & Barrels will bring you giant Connect-4 provided by Hope Family Wines, bocci ball, and cornhole by Beach Cities Bag Toss! Bring your beach blanket and beach chairs for extra hard chillin'. Don't forget your refillable water bottle! We are a green event and will have water stations at the park for you to fill your Bacon & Barrels provided tasting cup, or your refillable water bottle. Water bottles MUST be empty when entering the park. For a complete list of what to bring, and what not to bring, visit our FAQ page. 

Love cooking shows!? We have live chef demos at Bacon & Barrels, featuring some amazing local San Diego chefs! Check out or Chef Demo lineup and schedule:

1:30-2:00 Culinary Stage: Chef Kevin Templeton of barleymash

2:15-2:45 Culinary Stage: Mixologist Matt Elmest of Ginger's 

3:00-3:30 Culinary Stage: Stacey Poon-Kinney, Food Network Star Season 9 Finalist

For a complete list of the schedule of events, visit our Schedule of Events page!

Your vote matters! We will be polling everyone at Bacon & Barrels to ask them which restaurant and mixologist they loved the most. The winner will be presented with the coveted People's Choice Award. Using our Bacon & Barrels Mobile App (download for free at the iTunes store) you can vote for your favorite restaurant or mixologist, see the schedule of events, get information about all event participants and sponsors, and see event photos of #baconandbarrels.

Need a designated driver? Event parking is extremely limited at the park so we've teamed up with Uber to hook you up with a free designated driver to Bacon & Barrels San Diego! To get a free roundtrip up to $20 each way, sign up at, or download the app, and enter the promo code BACONBARRELS (new users only).  


Bacon & Barrels San Diego 2014 Ticket Announcement

Bacon & Barrels, the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel, announced ticketing details today. The All-Inclusive festival will be held on Saturday, May 31st at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park South. VIP tickets include a bacon-inspired dinner prepared by celebrity chef and runner-up of Top Chef, Brooke Williamson, to be held on Friday, May 30th.

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Bacon & Barrels San Diego Announces Festival Entertainment

Bacon & Barrels San Diego, the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel, announced today that San Francisco’s, The Stone Foxes will headline the event, with support from LA’s, the Black Crystal Wolf Kids.

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