Bacon lovers unite! The eighth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest returns from Feb. 6–10 with various events and pop-ups at restaurants, eateries and taprooms around town. The official kick-off party on Wednesday, Feb. 6 is at Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse (1322 V. St.) and will feature a special beer release (Saison du Porc), a DJ and small bacon-y plates from five guest chefs. The opening party runs from 5–10 p.m. and will require a ticket, although many of the other Bacon Fest events throughout the week are free and don’t require tickets, like the Skee Ball Tournament at Two Rivers Cider (4311 Attawa Ave. #300) on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., where there will be food specials and a chance to win tickets to the already sold-out Chef’s Challenge at Mulvaney’s B&L (1215 19th St.) on Sunday, Feb. 10. Other highlights include the annual Kevin Bacon Soundtrack Tribute Show at Torch Club (904 15th St.) on Friday, Feb. 8, a Bacon Waffle Breakfast at Bike Dog’s Broadway location on Saturday, Feb. 9, and a Luau Lunch Buffet at Empress Tavern (1013 K St.) with tiki drinks and all-you-can-eat hawaiian fare, also on Saturday, Feb. 9. Check out for a full run-down.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #284 (Jan. 30 – Feb. 13, 2019)**