Sunday, February 23, 2014

Swine & Wine

It's been a crazy month and a half, apartment hunting, packing and moving has left little time for anything else. Heck I haven't even touched any of my bikes except to move them since the 2nd of February, that right there is a sad, sad statement. Thankfully the move went off without too many hitches last weekend, which is good because this weekend was Baconfeast. I have been looking forward to this for some time and it did now disappoint.



Walk in the door and right off the bat, bacon ice cream with candied walnuts and bacon crumbles was placed right in your hand.



These maple bacon mini cupcakes from Serendipities Cupcakes were amazing, definitely will have to make it over there to buy a few cupcakes.


Wasn't really all that impressed with the chocolate oreo bacon truffles, too much chocolate and not enough bacon.


The last sweet morsel I had was the maple bacon long john, probably my all time favorite bacon donut concoction.


After a few sweet items it was time for the salty stuff, mini burgers made from ham and bacon were pretty good.



Up next were pork sliders with Dijon cream sauce on a pretzel bun and another offering with pickle and feta cheese, I think in a full size sandwich either would have been good for lunch.



The bacon nachos and chicken and bacon carnitas were also tasty, just wish there would have been a bit more to make a better determination.



You can never go wrong with meat on a stick and the honey mustard turkey wrapped in bacon lived up to it's reputation, the braised beef with bacon from 9 South Chargrill was probably one of my favorite items in the entire Baconfest.


Of course after eating all that salty and sweet goodness you are bound to get a little thirsty and the beer offerings were on par with the bacon. The beer however was not free.



The bacon wrapped Gouda chicken was pretty awesome as was the pork butt and bacon mashed potatoes, the little dab of salsa next to the mashed potatoes was incredibly tasty and insanely hot. After mixing them together and eating them I literally was sweating for the next 20 minutes.


You can never go wrong with pork sausage or jerky, the Super Saver table was good... haven't ever seen any of these items at Super Saver but I'll have to look now.



Can't have bacon with out a few pigs now can  you.





I'm not a huge wine person, beer is more my style, but there were several people heading out to Deer Spring Winery after the Baconfeast and it did sound interesting as I'd never been there before so off we went. It really is a pretty interesting place, not much going on at this time of year other than the wine but in the summer you can watch the crushing of the grapes on the weekends. I did manage to find three wines during the sampling that I would drink again but the bitter/dry ones are just not for me.


The welcoming committee was pretty friendly and inviting.


The history of the place was very interesting, at one time it was apparently owned by Ulysses S. Grant and the deed with his signature on it hangs on the wall. If you're a wine connoisseur or just a recreational binger you should definitely check the place out if you like the fermented grape juice. After all the stress, lost sleep, mess and craziness of moving and unpacking this was just what the Dr. ordered to help get things back to normal... or at least it would be if Dr.'s actually prescribed such things.

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