We enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun, and lots of local wine at the bacon-centric Laurita Winery BaconFest including food trucks, live music, and more!
Bacon. And wine. Bacon and wine.
I spent Saturday, April 27th, at Laurita Winery’s BaconFest. You might remember Laurita Winery from the Oktoberfest and Food Truck Festival I attended last fall. This time around, the food truck festival was centered around everyone’s favorite salty meat. Each food truck had special bacon offerings added to their menus. We hopped from one food truck to the next, sipping glass after glass of wine, and it was marvelous!
Our first stop was the wine tasting tent to refresh our memory, and our taste buds, with some of Laurita Winery’s offerings. You got six tastings of your choice for $7. I wanted to try some of my favorites from our first visit as well as some new varieties this time around. For $1, we each got a shot of their chocolate wine, Chocolate Therapy.
- Riesling (2) – a fruity, floral, dry white
- Norton – dark, dry red
- Bistro – a favorite, fruity, dry red
- Tailgate White – a light and sweet white that would be perfect for summer
- Tailgate Red – very cherry forward semi-sweet red
Our first food truck stop was Empanada Monster. My sister, Nicole, got tostones topped with bacon and I got an arepa stuffed with mozzarella cheese and bacon. It basically tasted like breakfast and was a delicious start to the festival.
JD’s House of Bacon
What’s better at a BaconFest than a straight up strip of bacon? Barbecue bacon! Nicole and I split an order of Vanilla Bourbon BBQ bacon and Chinese BBQ bacon. There was a slight sweetness that played off the saltiness of the bacon with the Vanilla Bourbon BBQ glaze. But the Chinese BBQ had a ton of delicious flavor that made me happy that I ordered two!
Five Sisters Food Co.
You might remember Five Sisters from Oktoberfest. My sister and I split the Brie sliders and they were excellent! When I saw a bacon topped mac and cheese cone added to their BaconFest menu, I knew I had to try it!
I got two forks for sharing this large waffle cone stuffed with mac and cheese and topped with applewood smoked BBQ bacon jam. Oh my yum! It was amazing! The best way to eat mac and cheese while you walk around a vineyard is definitely in a cone!
By the time we got to Twisted Steaks, we were all about to burst. Knowing we weren’t going to eat the rest of the night, I ordered their Cheesesteak Dumplings. The dumplings are homemade and served with a side of sweet hoisin dipping sauce. Bite into the soft dumpling and you’re met with a juicy cheesesteak filling. I can’t wait to try their Cheesesteak Egg Rolls next time!
Nicole and her fiance, Jon, split a Chicken Cheesesteak Pretzel topped with cheddar cheese and bacon. It looked amazing, but I could only muster up the belly room to try a piece of the pretzel.
Elemen7ts by Nitro Girl
Unlike last food fest, I was so stuffed that I never got to try dessert! Take a look at this beauty that my sister-in-law, Sara, ended up getting from Elemen7ts by Nitro Girl! It’s a Nitro Maple Bacon Crack Stuffed Crust Pizza. Say what?!?
This pizza is made with a bacon crack crust and topped with Nitro Maple ice cream, a Nitro Maple ice cream stuffed chocolate cannoli, bacon crack crumbles, and a drizzle of chocolate. Now that’s how you do dessert at a food fest!
The full list of food trucks from BaconFest weekend!
- Angry Archie’s
- Bacon Broads
- Coffee Bouteaque
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Cousins Maine Lobster (from Shark Tank!)
- Dags Dippers
- Dogs Gone Wild
- Elemen7ts By Nitro Girl
- Empanada Guy
- Empanada Monster
- Five Sisters Food Co.
- Grilled Cheez Factory
- Gyros to Go
- House of Cupcakes
- JD’s House of Bacon
- Jersey Roll
- Joe Smoke Bar-B-Que
- Maddalena’s Cheesecake
- Mastoris Catering
- Meat Wagon BBQ
- Pierogi Flats
- R.E.D. Pizza Express
- Shore Good Eats n’ Treats
- Star of the Sea Seafood
- Twisted Steaks
- The Little Sicilian
It was a fun day full of great food and glass after glass of wine! I even managed to bring home a bottle of Chocolate Therapy (I’m usually not a fan of chocolate wine, but this delicious)! There were vendors set up at the entrance, so I also snagged a few bags of jerky from Jerky James Fine Meats and a bottle of pineapple hot sauce from Rocky’s Hot Sauce.
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