Four months after opening our doors in the up and coming Gilman District of West Berkeley, we were ready to step out into the west-coast food festival world. Oakland’s 2nd annual Bacon & Beer Festival was an obvious, yes! Who doesn’t love bacon? Who doesn’t love beer? No one at Farm Burger, that’s for sure!
Admission was $40, which granted attendees as much bacon and beer they could consume between 2.30 and 5.00pm on Sunday March 15th in the Market Building at Jack London Square on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. We were told to prepare 650 bacon bites, and even with 100 extra, we still ran short. Obviously, because our tiny bacon and pimento cheese sandwiches were super cool and everyone loved them! Despite some of our Californian clientele not knowing the delicacy of pimento cheese…
The festival was presented as a fundraiser for Oakland Grown, a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance that aims to create a permanent local network of local businesses, artists and residents to support and develop a thriving local economy. We can get behind that!
The event was well executed, calm and organized and the attendees were all in great spirits (did we mention all the available bacon and the beer?!) and we thoroughly enjoyed our first festival experience out west. Our mission at Farm Burger is as important to us as the connections we make. As we continue to grow our herd, we look forward to our involvement in more events like this. The event winners haven’t yet been announced, but we’re certainly winning. First west-coast festival: check!